I don’t have any allergies to speak of but I do get to experience the joy of sneezing on occasion. I love a good sneeze. Sneezing is pretty great in my opinion. Not when someone sneezes on me of course, but there’s just something fun about a sneeze, especially one that sneaks up on you. It is even better when one of my ridiculously loud sneezes frightens my wife, Natalie. (I know it’s a little bit mean but in my defence it is not like I plan it.)
Here is a fun fact about sneezing:
- Sneeze stuff (let’s call it, debris) can travel at a speed of 100 miles per hour and spread out about five feet (gross).
Of course, there is something that goes along with a good sneeze, other than just a tissue, and that is the customary, “God bless you!” Did you ever think about that statement, “God bless you!”? What is a blessing exactly?
Blessings are gifts from God. They are His way of showing us that we are special to Him and that He cares about us. Over the next five days we are going to explore the idea of “blessings” from John 1:15-18 to see if we can better understand what they are and how we get them.
“John testified about him (Jesus) when he shouted to the crowds, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘Someone is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’” From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.”(John 1:15-18 NLT)
The first thing we discover is that Jesus himself is the source of all blessings.
“From His abundance…”
Jesus is the source of all the blessings in our lives. James 1:17 tells us, “Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father…” (NLT)
Everything that might be consider good and/or perfect in our lives is a gift from God and a product of His care and provision. This idea can really trip us up since we like to think that we can take care of ourselves and that we have accomplished so much for ourselves. We look around at our “stuff” and convince ourselves that we worked for it, earned it, or built it all on our own.
According to the Bible, everything good and perfect in our lives is because of God and all these blessings have one true source, God’s Son, Jesus. He is the source of all these blessings and even if we can trace them back to something we did, we can still be confident that Jesus really is the true source of blessings. We know that we can do nothing without the breathe God has given us; without the life He lends us; without the creativity and skill He imparts to us; or the strength that He provides.
I hope it is a blessing to you today to know that Jesus is the true source of all the blessings in your life.
Day two will be available soon…
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