July 12, 2014
“Blessed and fortunate and happy and spiritually prosperous (in that state in which the child of God enjoys [His] favor and salvation) are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God) for they shall be completely satisfied.”
The Blessed Life
“Blessed” – Enjoying happiness and very fortunate. Bringing unforeseen good into your life.
“I believe that any (woman’s) life will be filled with constant and unexpected encouragement, if (she) makes up (her) mind to do (her) best each day, and as nearly as possible reaching the high water mark of pure and useful living.”
Booker T. Washington
“What does it mean to be “blessed”?
Recently I was reading stories about individuals who had won a lottery. I’m not talking about a $5 “scratcher” ticket. These were tales about individuals who “hit-it-big!” Millions! Overnight some of these people went from living paycheck-to-paycheck, or no-check at all, to living in homes they only dreamed about in their wildest fantasies. It was, at times, amusing to see the “things” they would spend their money on. I remember one fellow in particular who had purchased a large set of medieval body armor. He had it standing in a corner of his newly-acquired mansion. I looked at my husband and we both burst into laughter. “Why,” I asked, “would you get that piece of junk?” That was my opinion, but to the gentleman who bought the item, it was a treasure he wanted and he had the money so he bought it. I’m certain if the tables were turned, I might purchase something that seemed just as foolish to someone else. The article that was telling about these “winners” kept referring to their “good fortune” – their “good luck.”
All too often, when we hear the word “fortunate” we think of its origin in the word “fortune.” And to most of us, having a fortune is directly related to the possessions we own or the balance on our most recent bank statement.
However, if we look to the Bible for a definition of “fortunate” we don’t find the meaning drawn from earthly riches. Instead the phrase “to be fortunate” takes its definition from the heavenly blessings associated with those who are blessed by God.
Beginning in the Old Testament, “blessed” or “fortunate” individuals are described in the following ways:
1) “Blessed and fortunate is (she) who considers the weak and the poor” (Psalm 41:1, Amplified Bible).
2) “Blessed and fortunate is the (woman) who doesn’t live in the counsel or purpose of the ungodly, nor is submissive where sinners walk, nor relaxes where mockers gather” (Psalm 1:1, Amplified Bible).
3) “Blessed and fortunate are those who seek refuge and put their trust in God” (Psalm 2:12, Amplified Bible).
4) “Blessed and fortunate is the (woman) to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity and in whose spirit there is no deceit” (Psalm 32:2, Amplified Bible).
5) “Blessed and fortunate are those who observe justice (treating others fairly) and who do right and are in right standing with God” (Psalm 106:3, Amplified Bible).
6) “Blessed and fortunate are those who keep my ways” (Proverbs 8:32, Amplified Bible).
7) “Keep justice, conform to the will of God … blessed and fortunate is the (woman) who does this” (Isaiah 56:1, 2, Amplified Bible).
These are just seven times individuals are called blessed and fortunate in the Old Testament and, if you notice, not one of these texts relates being blessed or fortunate to having possessions or wealth. If anything, the blessed person takes care of the weak; shares with the poor; doesn’t walk or relax with those who mock God; does not tell lies; observes justice by treating others fairly; and most of all, walks in the way of God – longing after and seeking the refuge of God’s righteousness.
I found this enlightening, to say the least. It’s a huge contrast when we place the notion of an earthly lottery bringing good fortune because we’ll get all the “things” we want side-by-side with Jesus’ teaching in the New Testament where He tells the listening crowd that true happiness – the blessed and the fortunate life they long for – has nothing to do with possessions, but is a life which hungers and thirsts after being right with God. This is what it means to be blessed! And it’s a life I yearn for – don’t you, too? Thankfully, we are promised when we make this God-life our first priority, we will be “filled.”
"In Thy presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures forever.”
I am desperate for Your love.
I am yearning
to be nestled
in Your warm embrace.
I am longing
to be satisfied
by Your lovingkindness.
I am praying
for Your sweet holy presence
in my heart and my life.”
Jennifer Anne F. Messing
Dorothy Valcárcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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