Abimelech notices that God is with Abraham in everything He does. He sees the blessing. What does the blessing look like?
Abraham’s blessing looked like wealth. But his wife was 90 before she had their one and only child. Abimelech saw God’s blessing on Abraham when God defended him and listened to his prayers when Abimelech had taken Sarah. But Abraham also had his wife taken away by the king. Abraham is promised land, but he doesn’t have it.
So what does it look like when God is with us? It doesn’t look like only good things. But it does look like God’s faithfulness coming through for us time and time again.
King David would profess, “Many are the troubles of the righteous, but the Lord delivers out of them all.” Paul writes to Timothy about all he suffered and about all the persecution against him, but then he says that the Lord rescued him from all of it.
Jesus was constantly accused and repeatedly had people wanting to kill Him. Was He blessed? The apostles became martyrs. Were they blessed?
James 1 (NASB) reads: “Consider it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
We like to think of the blessing as the miracle, as the provision, as the deliverance, as the breakthrough, as the abundance. Yes, that is all part of God’s blessing. But His blessing is constant. It doesn’t come and go. We live in His blessing if we are His children, just like Abraham did, as His son and friend.
The blessing is also in the troubles and trials. Consider it joy! Give thanks with a grateful heart. Don’t overlook the blessing of today!