|God's Blessings at Creation|
|Written by arkwriter|
|Friday, 24 July 2009 03:24|
God’s Blessings at Creation
To most people blessing means happiness, good health and abundance of wealth. This is the worldview of blessing and we find that in real life this kind of blessing is only transient. True and lasting blessing comes only from God who loves and redeems us so that we can have eternal life and be in heaven with Him. Our Heavenly Father is the source of all blessings. By His divine will we receive the bounty of his goodness; all the spiritual possessions are mere tokens of our heavenly inheritance. As we meditate on God’s blessings, we realize how important it is to be always in His presence, to do His holy will and continue to receive His blessings.
Everything that comes from God is a blessing because we are filled with His grace constantly. When God blesses our lives then all things are under His watchful eye and guidance. To seek God's blessing is to seek His care for us and that He will preserve us from falling into evil.
The Holy Bible describes God’s blessings at Creation. It was at the moment of satisfaction, the moment of triumph and joy that God blessed his Creation. At the end of each day when he finished His work, “then God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good,” (Gen. 1:31).
Blessings of the Family
Three blessings are mentioned in God’s Creation of the Universe. After creating the living creatures that were on the land, sea and in the air, God “blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” (Gen. 1:22) God gave this blessing on the fifth day of Creation. On the sixth day “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to our likeness; . . . So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; . . . .” (Gen. 1:26-28) This is the second blessing. Following each blessing God said, ‘Be fruitful and multiply.” Something profoundly important is revealed in God’s blessing to all His creatures that is related to the family concept.
This original blessing is linked to a precise plan of God, which His word proclaimed "It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him" (Gen 2: 18). So it is that in the very beginning of man’s existence God had directed His blessing to the marital union of man and woman and the family that results from it. Human beings were not created for solitude; they bear within themselves a relational vocation, rooted in their spiritual nature. Because of this vocation, they grow to the extent that they enter into relationships with others of the opposite gender to establish families.
God’s mandate for the home is “be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.” The Psalmist declares the blessings of children.
“Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.” (Psm. 127:3-5)
God’s Spiritual Family
For the unmarried and those without children of the flesh God has provided a spiritual family for all believers through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The truth is that God looks at His divine family even more importantly than the earthly families of the flesh that do not know Him.
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (Jn. 1:12-13)
“Then His brothers and His mother came, and standing outside they sent to Him, calling Him. And a multitude was sitting around Him; and they said to Him, "Look, Your mother and Your brothers are outside seeking You." But He answered them, saying, "Who is My mother, or My brothers?" And He looked around in a circle at those who sat about Him, and said, "Here are My mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother." (Mk. 3:31-35)
“For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.” (Gal. 3:26)
The believer in the Lord Jesus Christ expands God’s blessing to “be fruitful and multiply” through sharing the gospel with others. Hence in the Great Commission we are commanded to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mk. 16:15) “For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named.” (Eph. 3:14-15)
May God bless you
This article is based on a sermon preached by Paul Wong
to a Congregation in Houston, Texas on April 6, 2002
It was published on this Website on July 22, 2009
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