This month, our theme for The Growing Group is “Blessings.”
Here is a lesson in Blessings. One of my favorite Study Bibles is called: “Classics Devotional Bible.” In it, there are quotes and passages from some of the great theologians and people of faith who have studied and thought about what the meaning is behind so many of the famous stories we are told in the Bible.
Joseph’s story is one that comes to mind when thinking about Blessings. He realized, as many of us have found, that things that happen to you in life that you thought were cursed turn into blessings as you reflect upon it later. Here is the story where Joseph reveals himself to the treacherous brothers who sold him into slavery and lied to their father. This is from the Classics Devotional Bible. Hannah Whitall Smith writes about it:
“…Take Joseph. What could have seemed more apparently on the face of it to be the result of sin, and utterly contrary to the will of God, than the action of his brethren in selling him into Slavery? And yet Joseph, in speaking of it said, “As for you, ye thought evil against me, but God meant it unto good….Now therefore, be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life!” -From Genesis 50
So that is the ultimate benediction in turning lemons in life into blessed lemonade!
Here’s a passage that I love and will always remind me of the blessings bestowed upon us and where they come from:
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help…My help cometh from the Lord, maker of Heaven & Earth. He will not let your foot slip…” From Psalm 121
Mantra: This week, I will look back upon the times when I have thought something was not working for me in life and how discouraged it made me feel. I remember the times I’ve been down thinking of the bad things that happened to me. I then can acknowledge those times when something good came to pass because I was in the right place at the right time. I will realize that we are living in a Spiritual Realm and will reflect on the blessings we have received in our life.