Blessing Recount


Many times, we count blessings in dollars and cents or in terms of human relationships.  Today we learn from a widow that we should recount our blessings today, and as we do so, let’s focus on the blessings which flow in our relationship of trust with God Almighty…

16 Three times a year all your men must appear before the Lord your God at the place he will choose: at the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the Festival of Weeks and the Festival of Tabernacles. No one should appear before the Lord empty-handed: 17 Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the Lord your God has blessed you.
Deuteronomy 15:16-17

1 As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. 2 He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. 3 “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. 4 All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
Luke 21:1-4

Yesterday I was reading about the generous widow, and today, I read that the people of God had to come before him in the ancient times to bring gifts in proportion to the way God has blessed them.  How does that relate to her story?  How does that relate to my story?

The widow gave all she had to live on.  Wow.  God must have blessed her in amazing ways.  She was a poor widow.  Hmmm… time to start counting blessings differently.

She wasn’t blessed through a man, and some people might say that, in itself, is a blessing.  Yet many girls and women define their blessing in their ability to attract and land a good man.

Is that really how we measure God’s blessing?

Many of us would point to finances as a measure of blessing in our lives.  We vacillate back and forth between I earned it, and I’m so blessed.

Is that really  how we measure God’s blessing?

The widow had more.  The Israelites had more.  The deeper blessing is the privilege of knowing God.  It is a blessing to know the God who made the heavens and the earth, who led his people out of Egypt, who sent his only son to save me from my sin.  To know God and maintain hope in him through all things is a blessing.

In her poverty the widow experienced the blessings of God to the point that her poverty overflowed in generosity and worship back to her God.  Let’s recount our blessings today, and as we do so, let’s focus on the blessings which flow in our relationship of trust with God Almighty.

Amen.

Marc Kinna

 

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