Vices & Virtues & Life In The Mix
Devotions for Pens of Praise
October 13th 2012
By Susan Marlene Kinney
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3
Any form of the word ‘blessings’ may be thought of as vague, wispy, and unidentifiable. But if you stop and consider the intimacy this word implies, you’ll find abundant depth of meaning. These blessings come from the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. His fingers fragrant with myrrh and oil strengthen us spiritually and emotionally with every kind of provision. He embraces our hearts with acceptance and love.
Webster’s Encyclopedic Dictionary says this about the word blessed: Supremely blessed, fortunate, well off: --blessed happy (x ier)
Breaking down each VIP word enlightened me and cheered my heart:
Supreme – 1. highest in rank or authority; paramount; chief 2. Of the highest quality, degree, character, importance etc.
Blessed- 1. Consecrated: sacred; holy; sanctified 3. Divinely or supremely favored; fortunate to be blessed 4.blissfully happy or contented
Fortunate- 1. Having good fortune; receiving good from uncertain or unexpected sources’ favorably 2. Auspicious…made prosperous or happy…etc.
How thrilling to realize that when we suffer despair, becoming acutely aware of our colossal need for the Father, we will be blessed. Not with superficial and short-lived niceties either. He begins tipping the pitcher, which overflows with pure unadulterated blessings too numerous to measure.
In Psalms 81:10 the Lord says, Open wide your mouth and I will fill it. Our Father God knows just the right words to say! The kinds of words that melt my heart and cause me to hope. He does not just speak and then duck out of town. He stays with us through thick and thin. He is faithful. Even when we focus on pain and the what-ifs life tosses our way and we do not see Him.
Aren’t our greatest obstacles our own mindsets and misunderstandings when we seek the Lord? Truly, aren’t fears, distractions, and intrusions allowed to interfere because of our own wandering hearts? When we chose selfishness instead of generosity, or fear over courage or judgment rather than acceptance, we are setting ourselves up for yet another rocky ride…sometimes in a slick looking vehicle fashioned by pride.
He looks at us with the eyes of love and sees you and me as important, set apart. His thoughts toward us are like the sands of the sea, innumerable, yet holy, and sacred. Our Father, so generous, forgiving, and loving favors us with His eye upon us. We receive good from his certain though unexpected sources so our spirit will prosper. We can experience His fullness of joy in the light of eternity. We will be walking on streets of gold. For sure, our attention will be blessed with far greater measure, the blissful awareness of Our Father’s Love.