When I think of the word ‘blessing’, multiple thoughts come to mind. Yet I feel the true meaning of the word blessing is God’s favor and refuge. Often we cannot see a blessing for what it truly is because what God does and knows is beyond what we can comprehend. At a later time, these blessings can reveal themselves and these are what I like to call, blessings in disguise.
Where do these blessings in disguise come from? They can come from God but often we forget that blessings can also come from others and we ourselves can bless God in return.
A blessing doesn’t just come upon us when we pray for something we need necessarily, it comes when God’s timing is right.” There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens” Ecclesiastes 3:1.
So join me as we discuss where Blessings in Disguise come from!
Blessings In Disguise
Blessings That Come From God
God can bless us in so many ways that we don’t even understand all ways He has the ability to do so. This is why we must find the blessing in everything and during all moments. God is blessing us during ups and the downs. He is blessing us when we are happy and when we are sad. But we can’t always see them because too often, we become distracted by other things in this world.
We typically don’t have an issue recognizing blessings when everything seems to be going smoothly. We buy our first home and get that job promotion we have worked so hard to get. But then something happens. As soon as the waters become rough, we immediately drift to the “Why me?” conversation we have in our heads, asking God why did this have to happen to me? God’s blessings will not be clear at all times.
I have to agree, seeing a blessing in a time of tragedy, while being distraught is very difficult to do. We often recognize the hidden blessing after we have come through the other side of the obstacle we had faced.
Remember two important things, that God is omniscient, He knows the past, present, and future. And that He is always good. If we can remember these two things when tragedy strikes, it will keep us in a positive place mentally. We still need to have faith and put all our trust in Him, but knowing He is always good and knows everything can only support our faith.'Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.' Proverbs 3: 5-6Click To Tweet
So what if we decided to face the mountains just like we face the valleys, with acknowledgment of that hidden blessing we are not able to see?
Think about it? How radically different and better would our lives be if we saw each disappointment, loss, accomplishment, or achievement as a blessing from God. Even if we just accepted and put our faith in God that this has happened in “your favor” in order to “protect me”, then we would live much more fulfilling lives!
Try and make sure when you encounter your next achievement or disappointment, that you recognize there is more than meets the eye when it comes to how God is blessing you at that moment.
Blessings That Come From Us
You are probably asking yourself if God is perfect, how can I possibly bless Him? If we look at the Hebrew word barak, it’s translation is “to kneel or to bless.” So by us worshipping God, giving Him all our praise and glory, we are in turn, blessing Him!
By praising Him through worship, we have the ability to give Him honor and show our love for Him! There are many verses that show people giving their blessings to God, with many found in Psalms.
“Bless the Lord, my soul. Lord my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty.” Psalm 104:1
“Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!” Psalm 96:2-3
“Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord! Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and forevermore!” Psalm 113:1-2
Not only should we want to give praise to God but God wants us to also bless Him with our thanksgiving!
Blessings That Come From Others
We also need to remember that when God blesses us and we have the ability to carry on that blessing to others, we should act on it. When we have the ability to bless others, we should do so as much as possible. We can do this every day in so many different ways! Here are just a few ways you can bless someone today!
- Pray for them
- Take them to lunch
- Share your testimony
- Make them a small gift
- Ask them if there is anything they need help with
- Volunteer locally
- Help them with their yard work
- Drive them somewhere if they need assistance
- Write them a nice note or give them a card
- Make them dinner and deliver it to their home
- Lending things to others, like a lawn mower or snow blower
- Read with them
- Donate food to your local food pantry
- Treat them to the movies
- Just listening to someone who may have no one to converse with
One additional way that comes to mind when I think about God blessing us and us passing that blessing on is money. In our view of the world from a secular standpoint, we desire to just hoard our money for ourselves. It is something that our society has keyed as acceptable, but it’s not how God sees it.
I am not saying every blessing to someone needs to be in the form of a payment or require money. But if you have the capability to buy someone’s groceries who is coming up short on cash or you see them putting food back, buy it for them. If you go out to lunch, bless the waitress with a good tip.
We should want to share our blessings with others, after all, our money is really God’s money and we know we can’t take it when we leave!
Blessings are everywhere and are happening continuously by God, by others, and by us. We should keep our eyes open and our hearts receptive to who God is calling us to bless and how He is blessing us. By us praising God, blessing others, and seeing all the blessings in our daily lives, we as Christians will only thrive as we grow in our faith.