Blessed Beyond Measure

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, another year getting ready to end, and we wonder where the year has gone and think about all the things we intended to do that have not been accomplished.  My how time flies for all of us.  The young are eager for it to hurry up because of something they just know is going to happen tomorrow.  On the other hand, the elderly are simply glad they are still able to function and begin to wonder what they have left undone that the Lord originally had in mind for them to accomplish.  Such appears to be life, but can we look at our own and wonder if we are doing or have done what we were created to do?  James tells us that he who is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does (1:25). 

God created His human man with two purposes, basically to have children who would love Him and fellowship with Him and to accomplish that end by a carefully thought out plan designed with obstacles that would develop mankind into the kind of children He desired.  Do you ever wonder what He is thinking at this point in time regarding your life?  Maybe that is something we put off thinking about because there is always tomorrow; a time in which we are sure we will be better able to get it right and yet Isaiah would remind us that tomorrow will be as today (56:12).

I know that there is something that is important for all of us to do and I can only hope and pray that we are all getting it right this time around.  We can read in the Word He gave us about all the miracles He accomplished and all the things He hoped in return we would do, but are we listening?  Would our world be in the shape it is if we had paid more attention to the serious aspects of life?  And yet, if we are honest with ourselves and each other, we know that we have clothed ourselves in the busyness of life putting off until tomorrow things we were created to do.  The Psalmist reminds us that Blessed is he who considers the poor (physically poor or poor in spirit?)…he will be blessed on the earth (41:1). 

Why do we put off doing what we know? Is it because we don’t really have any expectations of doing something “off the wall” or miraculous; it might be more comfortable to hide in the woodwork, but is that what the Father intended?  He never backed off from anything even though people didn’t know Him or expect anything of Him to start with and yet He exceeded all the things they could have dreamed and so much more.  How does one say “thank you” for something that is beyond belief and cannot be seen or held in one’s hand?  I think there is only one way and that is what the Father has intended all along; that the children He loves will be able to grow and have the life experiences needed to prove His love without a single doubt and then to bless others in our time upon this earth.

Take a few minutes and look back over your life; can you see a time when you absolutely couldn’t find an answer and yet it suddenly appeared?  Did it have anything to do with what you did under your own power or could it have come from somewhere out of the blue?  I know there are things we look up and say “thank you” for, but the next day we file those things away and are left with no expectations.  Why don’t we try once more to pin those things into our mind, which is our bulletin board, and remind ourselves daily that there is someone who really cares and that we will never, no matter how long we live, be able to thank enough.  John tells us that Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed (20:29).  Can our lives show that to those around us who need an answer?

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God, born of his Spirit, washed in his blood.
Perfect submission, all is at rest; I in my Savior am happy and blest,
watching and waiting, looking above, filled with his goodness, lost in his love. 

Kevin Harrison

WCBCS, 7459 S IH 35, Waco, TX, USA