April 5

Be careful with the blessings and the curses. I have had prosperity and I have had others give to me. I have had many children and I have had miscarriages.

Jesus was killed by His enemies. He had nowhere to lay His head. Job was blameless and was covered in boils, which is promised to the cursed. Noah was blameless and had his home destroyed. But Jesus led the world into righteousness and relationship with God. Job was healed and restored. Noah was saved and fathered the world and was given a new home.

Paul was beaten to the point of death. He was imprisoned. He was shipwrecked. Yet, he says that he was blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. He knew he had every blessing.

God blesses His children. God saves, heals, delivers, protects His children. It doesn’t always look like the physical healing, deliverance, and protection we desire. But if God to us was only ever physical blessing, people wouldn’t love God. They would love themselves and God only for what He could give them. But there is hope. As Paul said, “Many are the troubles of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.”

His presence with us is the fulfillment of all blessing. We live in abundance when we live in Christ.