To the new Christian, sensitivity is high. He is quick to see the blessings God sends his way. He is thankful and appreciative. But to the seasoned believer who has weathered a lot of storms, the child-like eye and wonder may be no longer. At times dullness sets in and the heart no longer anticipates God’s blessing. Often, delightful things are placed before him. But the heart has gotten too weighed down. It can’t be uplifted.
If you are in this very situation, then you’re missing out. May the following truths awaken you today:
Children are a blessing.
You are in the season of motherhood. Your kids are greatly dependent on you. They can be taxing. They can be energy-zapping creatures. But be reminded that they are God’s blessings to you. 2016 statistics show that US women aged 25 to 29 were 53% childless while those aged 30-34 were 30% childless. Think about it. Not all women will get pregnant. A great number will be biologically childless in their lifetime. Pregnancy and childbirth are a blessing. Psalm 127:3 says, “Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward.” So be patient in this season and enjoy the significance of guiding someone from infancy to adulthood. It is a blessed privilege. It is a special kind of ministry God has allowed you to partner with Him in.
Your Job is a blessing.
Tallies show that the rate of unemployment in Australia was 5.8% in 2017. In the United Kingdom, it was 4.3%. It the United States it was 8.1% Not everyone has a job. It may not be interesting. It may not pay as much as you want it to. But it’s yours nonetheless. You have a job. Enjoy the situation you are in. Realize that God is keeping you there for a purpose and when He desires to use you for His purposes somewhere else, something better will come along. Meanwhile, “Whatever your hands find to do, do it with your might.” (Ecc. 9:11).
Your partner is a blessing.
Not all marriages are in great shape. Some relationships need more work than others. Some marriages are irreparable. Some marriages still hold great promise. As a trusting child of God, be sensitive to ways you can improve the state of your relationship. God’s grace is capable of causing miracle after miracle. Seek right wisdom and counsel in assessing if continuing in a broken relationship is still fruitful for you. If it isn’t, step back and allow the Lord to heal you both individually. If it is workable, choose to love. Stay committed to your partner. Trust the Holy Spirit and yield to what He desires for you to personally change. Ecclesiastes 4 says,
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
Singleness is a blessing.
Whether married or single, God desires that we find satisfaction and fulfillment in Him and nobody else. The apostle Paul saw singleness as a great advantage in many ways. In 1 Corinthians 7, he says,
“Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I do. But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion. Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them. I think that it is good for a man to remain as he is. Are you free from such a commitment? Do not look for a wife. Those who marry will face many troubles in this life. I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs—how he can please the Lord. But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world—how he can please his wife— and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world—how she can please her husband.”
Enjoy singleness today for God is your maker and your husband. Enjoy your partner today for He is God’s lover, guide, and protector over you. Enjoy your children today for they are God’s opportunity for you to invest in another life and reap rewards that will keep multiplying long after you are gone.
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One reply on “Is it a Blessing or a Curse?”
Thank you for posting these Truths. From time to time it is good to remember that the stresses we experience are often simply the underside of a great blessing.
How often I have had to remind myself that the stresses of a difficult job are way better than the stresses of not having work. Or the stresses of family are way better than being alone.