Wednesday, 16 June 2010

God DOES bless us

Following on from Ben's post last week on Dr Happiness, I was reminded about a very old joke.

There was this fisherman who was overtaken by a sudden storm and found himself helpless as his small boat was being blown further and further out to sea. Being a firm believer in God's power he prayed hard for God to rescue him. In due course a bigger boat came along and threw him a line - but he declined to accept this as he believed that God would save him. Some time later the lifeboat came to his aid, but again he refused to accept their help. His situation was getting desperate. The boat was taking water and he was cold and hungry, but he believed very firmly that God would rescue him. The people on the land were desperate too. They wanted to help him and eventually a rescue helicopter was scrambled - but again his response was the same. He had a loving God who he trusted to come to his aid. The helicopter team reluctantly left the scene. By now the fisherman was really frightened, so prayed even harder. "Loving God, I believe and trust in you. Please help me." To which Father God replied: "I have already sent a liner, a lifeboat and a helicopter. What more do you want?"

Sometimes we are so convinced that God will work in a specific way, that we fail to see the ways he is working.

When we pray we tend to tell God what to do rather than placing situations in his care and recognising his handiwork as things develop.

Sometimes we do not recognise God's hand in the love (and work) of other people.

Admitteldy it is often hard to understand just how God is working his purpose out, but if we would just stop and look and listen we might find that God's answers are far more imaginative and powerful than we could ever conceive.

And so, counting our blessings, and resting in his love, we turn to:

Psalm 67

1 May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face shine upon us,

2 that your ways may be known on earth,
your salvation among all nations.

3 May the peoples praise you, O God;
may all the peoples praise you.

4 May the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for you rule the peoples justly
and guide the nations of the earth.

5 May the peoples praise you, O God;
may all the peoples praise you.

6 Then the land will yield its harvest,
and God, our God, will bless us.

7 God will bless us,
and all the ends of the earth will fear him.

Jesus says: "Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. (John 14: 1)

And let us remember each day that God uses all of us as his hands and feet and expressions of his love on earth, blessing others as we live out his commands - and also as we receive blessings - and God's saving help - from and through those around us!

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