Praise be to God who blesses us according to our ability to accept His gifts and administer them appropriately.
Sounds great doesn’t it? But if you look deeper you will realize that wanting something and being ready for something are two very different things. I personally believe that God has a giant storehouse of blessings for each of us. Unfortunately, most of us only receive a minute portion of those blessings due to the simple fact that we are not ready for the majority of what He wants to do in our lives.
A wise Rabbi once said, “God will give you the small things to see if He can trust you with the big things. You’re responsibility with those small things is to show God that you can be trusted with the big gifts He has planned for you.” It’s scary really, to think of the possibility that many of the things we are begging God for are being withheld for our own good since we are not ready for them. What’s even harder to conceptualize is that we should be grateful for this. After all, what good is getting everything we’ve ever wanted if we are not ready and fully equipped to handle it?
I cannot offer a one size fits all way to prepare for God’s blessings, as we are each on our own path with our own obstacles. What I can say is this: every single one of us is fully capable of tuning in to hear God speak to us and I have no doubt that He speaks much more often than most of us realize.
Sometimes it is a small voice in the back of our minds, other times it is a strong gut reaction, or a desire for a specific cause. God has equipped each of us with a certain set of talents, skills and interests and it is usually within these three that we find our purpose, that one thing in life that propels us forward no matter what happens to be going on around us.
If you have not found that one thing that propels you forward, then I urge you to have the courage to explore your talents, skills and interests…even the ones that do not earn you “cool” points. If also urge you to simply ask God to make your purpose known to you. I have no doubt that He will answer you…It may take a while, especially if you are not ready…but never stop seeking…If there is one thing I do know it is that He will answer you, no matter where you are on your journey. It’s funny, so many Christians seem to think that acknowledging that God exists and that Yeshua is His Son is the end of the journey, when in all actuality, it is only the beginning.
This Thanksgiving let’s all choose to be Thankful for both the blessings we have been given and those blessings that God intends to give us somewhere down the road once we are ready for them. Let’s also make a point to start asking God to direct our steps equipping us with what we need in order to accept all He has to offer us. A few prayers I say aloud every day on the way to work are:
The Prayer of Jabez
“Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause any pain!”
May Your will be done in my life and on this planet, completely uncontested, just as it is done in Heaven.
My Father, My King, Have mercy on me, even though I have no worthy deeds, answer me and save me.
I wish each of you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving regardless of where you are on your journey.