Our state of being can breathe into our foundation of faith, giving it life and energy, running after and through the wonders of who our God is. Just as intensely, though, it has the audacity to drown us in our own pride and definitions of what we think makes life worth it.
For example, we have many states of being that we constantly tend to define our world with; happiness, meaning achievement; fulfillment, meaning attainment; and satisfaction, meaning recognition. These three areas run our mood, behavior, thoughts, and direction; yet I have come to realize, we have it completely wrong.
When something happens within these elements, we are overwhelmed with joy and love. It is a natural reaction to think it is a reward for something we did or said, or simply because of who we are. This mindset has been ingrained in our lives with constant rewards for “doing good.” I’m not saying we should never praise for good behavior or a job well done, but I am saying we shouldn’t tie it to the state of our lives.
As believers, this becomes an issue when we connect worldly events with God’s love for us. When something fulfills or satisfies our desires and plans, we automatically say that we are blessed.
Psalm 1:1-2 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers, but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.
In the word of God, to be “blessed” means, in short form, following in obedience to our Lord. It is not contributed to titlement, worth, land, image, etc. It is not a reward, or a prize, but rather a fourth state of being. To live your life according to God’s will, means you are blessed. To follow in his son’s footsteps, means you’re blessed. To seek a relationship with our father, means you are blessed.
The point is, if we connect worldly possessions and achievements with the beautiful concept of being blessed, we have destroyed the entire foundation of obeying God, and therefore our need for him.
To some, that might sound like a stretch.
Matthew 5:5-10 Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful for they shall receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Why this is not a stretch? Because now think about when our fulfillment and attainment are failing us, who do we blame? For some, God is the target. Others, the world. A few, themselves. But in our trials we are also blessed. Our sufferings, pain, and testing are a true testament to our faith in the Father, and therefore sustaining through it all, blesses our lives.
So, no, the money, clothes, and roof does not make us blessed. We are thankful, so very thankful. In rough times, just as well.
But to be blessed, we must live our life in obedience and discipline. We must lay our desperation for our version of happiness down at the cross, and allow God to show us the miraculous glory that we find in Him, rather than of the world he created.