In the world but not of it

July 9, 2010

Manufactured blessings…

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The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Proverbs 10:22

Playing the lottery was a big deal in my town when I was growing up although I never really looked at it as a viable way to spend money and especially God’s money. It was gambling to me and really no different than walking into a Las Vegas casino and throwing my money on the table to take my chances.

But during the 80’s and 90’s the lottery in the US really took off and states across the nation had all these “mega” and “power” type lotteries… I used to watch my father go and buy a few tickets each week after working nearly 12-15 hours per day. He used to say that if he won it would make us rich.

Yes, and one day he won. He didn’t win a large amount but enough to completely convince him that this was the way to go and the result was he kept spending to win again. Even the small amount of money he had won came with lots of sorrow afterwards, as he continued to spend the money he had worked so hard for and never won again.

For you it is probably not the lottery that has given you this same experience of trying to manufacture your own blessings only to see them turn to sorrow. We do that often as people, we try to get ahead of the Lord and make certain things work for us to give us an advantage, more income and greater blessing but in the end our efforts have a shelf life, an expiration date.

With God it is completely different. His blessings come to us in ways that we can’t conjure up on our own and they last a certain way. There may be difficulties and tough times associated with some of the blessings but we see and know that we don’t regret or reject them.

Spend more time seeing the blessings around you rather than trying to create them.

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