Yesterday I asked if you ever thought about the statement, “God bless you!” Have you ever wondered why we say that when someone sneezes?
There are a few theories about the origin of where saying “God bless you” when someone sneezes might have come from. My favourite of these origin stories comes out of the old superstition that your soul was some kind of air inside your body and that when you sneezed your soul was trying to escape through your nose. The suggestion was that by saying “God bless you” you were essentially asking God to not allow the sneezer’s soul to get away.
I’m pretty sure that most of us understand that our souls will not escape through our noses. But that does not mean that God cannot bless us. In fact, we are all blessed. A blessing is whenever we receive God’s favour or protection. When God brings something good into your life, or preserves your life, or offers a measure of favour to you, that is a blessing.
Here is another fun fact about sneezing:
- People don’t sneeze when they are asleep because the nerves involved in the reflex are also resting.
Let’s continue exploring the idea of “blessings” from John 1:15-18.
“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)
Last time we discovered that Jesus is the source of all blessings.
Today we learn that, His ability to bless us will never run out.
“From His abundance…”
His supply of blessings will never be depleted. He has an abundance of resources from which He pours into our lives. There are no limits on God or on what God can do except for the limits He imposes on Himself. It should be encouraging to learn that Jesus has not overextended Himself by blessing others so much that He has nothing left for us. He will never run out of good and perfect gifts and He will always give freely.
God already gave us His very best when He gave us His son, that’s true, but that doesn’t mean that He has exhausted His supply of great blessings. God’s provision for His children includes all sorts of amazing gifts; health, strength, boldness, opportunities, favour, family & friends, just to name a few. Our point for today is that all these blessings not only come from Jesus but they come from a place of abundance. We have not even become to scratch the surface of all the great things that God has in store for us.
Jesus has an abundance of blessings that are at His disposal. There is nothing good that God the Father would ever keep from His Son and these blessings are His to give to us.
Thanks for reading. Day three will be available soon…
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