Are Blessings Just Luck?

The word blessings implies positive events happen by the will or influences of our Creator instead of a “luck of the draw”. I feel for those that consider random good things are lucky because they have to wait for the next random event to come their way. There can be a steady stream of positive happenings for anyone and “being blessed” is comprised of a lot of different things. Sometimes it’s the simplicity in itself, a feeling of joy and contentment, it’s the awareness of His hand on your life and a sense of completeness that accompanies being in His will, whatever it means. It may be allowing yourself to be guided through tough circumstances in order to receive the gift He has for you at the end. Many times that gift is a greater knowledge of His character and more trust and dependence on His protections and guidances.

Explorations of why one does not believe God can or will send blessings their way will often expose reasoning that has little to do with God himself, but with the failings and brokenness of people. Those with ‘father wounds’ often commit to non-belief and is certainly understandable that if you couldn’t rely on an earthly father there can be a resistance to trusting an invisible Heavenly Father. If you blame God for the loss of a child, sibling, spouse or other loved one I encourage you to read The Shack or watch the movie. The story line and dialogues within this very powerful book have been helpful to many that live in “the big sleep”. Some of the author’s renditions initially seemed too simplistic, but I ultimately decided they were scripturally accurate.

I make it a point to challenge any artists’ portrayals of who God or Jesus is with what Scripture says about them. Knowing God’s character and having a personal relationship with His Son is not just important, but mandatory to authoring words and scenes about what He might say or what He might do. The way I see it is if I can’t trust His “breathed” words, why would I trust Him at all? Partial belief of “convenient Scripture” and dismissal of inconvenient verses doesn’t give God a lot of credit for being “I am”. To be continued………….

5 thoughts on “Are Blessings Just Luck?

  1. Calls for self-examination and maybe getting back to the Red Letter editions of our scriptures instead of being fixed to dispensational theology that elevates words of epistles beyond those of Jesus.
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, author of Cost of Discipleship, quotes
    “Only he who believes is obedient and only he who is obedient believes.”
    “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.””
    “One act of obedience is better than one hundred sermons.”

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  2. Great post, Steve. I’ve found in my own experience (and I think this jives with what God says in Romans 1) that I am far more likely to slip away from God altogether when I fall out of the habit or practice of gratitude (which “forces” me to acknowledge His blessings). If you really believe in being grateful, you have to have somebody to be grateful to (i.e., the impersonal “universe” doesn’t really care whether you are grateful or not).

    Really like your last point too: The Word of God stands forever, it’s our understanding and application of it that changes—sometimes for the better, much of the time not. The gospel is simple enough to be believed by a child yet puzzling enough to confuse Christians into a thousand denominations.

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  3. Thanks for the compliment. My blogs are excerpts from a book I started writing in 2005 at the urging of a friend who suggested I chronicle things going on in my life at the time. I would like to use some of what you just added, with your permission. I really like a couple of your points. Thanks again!

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