Did anyone else ever receive a blessing then freeze, look around and try to figure out the catch? Good things don’t happen to me, so what’s this going to cost? Why do we have a sense of fear when something good happens? Why do we meditate so much on the bad news instead of the good news? Human nature, maybe? What does our “human nature” consist of?
We follow God, we seek God and we praise God for our blessings. We look back and see how far He has brought us and we are in awe of His faithfulness when we were sinners and we feel unworthy of His mercy. So now that we have found Him and our faith abounds in His grace, why in the world do we think His blessings are going to come to a screeching halt? Romans 5:10 “For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” Praise God that His faithfulness doesn’t depend on our worthiness! Sometimes its hard to accept gifts from God because we feel like we’re not worthy; just like when someone tries to bless us with a gift and we feel “guilty” for accepting. On the other hand, when we truly try to do something for someone and they “hate” to accept it but we really don’t want anything in return. We just want them to receive the gift, enjoy it and make good use of it. Why do we put our conditions on God’s love for us?
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, ENDURES all things.” God’s love reaches far beyond our circumstances.
So we are blessed then fear rushes in. We take that step of faith, step out on the water and the enemy starts throwing darts at us. The devil reminds us of all the darkness and we start looking around into the darkness and try to see. Fear sets in. We meditate on fear. But what if this? What if that? Well, what if we just never take our eyes off of the light? What if we stay focused on Jesus? What if we receive His blessing and give Him the glory?
Discernment 101: If it’s not “of” God, it’s not from God. If we have to lie, cheat, steal or manipulate to “receive” that blessing there is reason to fear stepping out on the water. However, when we are seeking and trusting God for His will in our life, never be afraid to jump out in the middle of the storm. Don’t let the enemy rob you of the Lord’s blessings. As Christians, we are adopted into the family of God to receive His special favor. Everyday is like the first day of school for God’s children. He wants to clean us up, teach us well and show us His love to provoke others to seek Him as well. Martyrdom and boasting does not represent the Kingdom of God. Our humbleness at receiving His blessings reflects His Glory. – Donna Warren