Count Your Blessings

How many of you remember the song we used to sing growing up in the church called Count Your Blessings?  It seemed like we sang it every week, and there was probably merit to that. It appears that our memory of previous blessings seems to dwindle as we face new and fresh obstacles. It’s funny how God gets the blame for all of the “bad” things that happen to us—that car accident, no electric, a death, cancer, or whatever. God is often chided by His children for allowing such things to happen to one of His finest, yet how rarely we truly pause to give God the glory for another day of “regular” blessings.

I would like to encourage you in your quiet time with God over the next few weeks to give Him praise that He rightfully deserves.  For me, when I reflect on all that God has done and is doing in my life, it seems to help stop my whining.  As the song reminds us, it will surprise us of all the Lord has done.

Even if He has not done much for us lately (which is simply not true), it would help to remind us that this is not all there is. Remember the words of 1 Corinthians 2:9 which say, “But as it is written, eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither has entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him.”  Just a gentle reminder; the best is yet to come.

Now what is that going to look like? Oddly enough, I seem to have a better understanding of Hell than I do Heaven. And the reason is obvious; Jesus spoke more on Hell than He did Heaven. Maybe He wanted to keep us longing after that which awaits His bride, knowing full well that this world is very alluring and will attempt to make us earthly bound.

So, what awaits us?  Ah, the mystery of Heaven!  Moses wrote some 3500 years ago, “The secret things belong unto the Lord our God; but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.”  Enjoy that which He reveals to you and live each day longing for that which awaits us. I can guarantee you this: Heaven is going to make whatever pains you have had on this side quickly fade away. Just one glimpse of His dear face and all sorrows will erase.  So bravely run the race ‘til we see Christ. Happy longing.