By Lisa Nordell-Detres
Thousands of years ago, God made a promise to a man named Abraham and his descendants: “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you…” (Genesis 12:3). This was one powerful promise, one that was passed on by Abraham’s son Isaac to his son Jacob. God went on to promise Abraham, “in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” If you read on, you will learn that Abraham and his family were blessed with wealth, children and honor. As God also promised, the world was ultimately blessed by one of Abraham’s descendants, Jesus Christ.
Sometimes we don’t feel like we are very blessed, do we? When times are tough in our lives, we may find ourselves asking, “Where are those blessings that God promised? We tend to think of blessings as just abundant possessions and wealth; and they can be, but God knows that these trappings may not always be blessings. God has promised “never to leave us nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:8, Hebrews 13:5).” Is this not an amazing blessing?
If we trust Him completely, we can be assured that God provides exactly what we need, right when we need it. We need to seek Him first, as Jesus instructed in Matthew 6:33, and then we can quit worrying about politics, the economy and our future because He will take care of us.
If we are sincere in our faith in God’s care, we need to remember and recite often the prayer of Agur in Proverbs 30:8-9:
“Give me neither poverty nor riches –
Feed me with the food allotted to me;
Lest I be full and deny you,
And say, ‘Who is the Lord?’
Or lest I be poor and steal,
And profane the name of my God.”
As you go about your day, try to see all the big and little blessings around you like your family, friends, home, fragrant flowers, and beautiful sunsets. Counting your blessings is a great way to know that God is taking care of you; it can also give you a better perspective on what is truly important in life.
Lisa Nordell-Detres is a mother or four, pastor’s wife and has worked in the garment and customer service industries in southern California. Besides writing, Lisa enjoys cooking, sewing, organic gardening, hiking, skiing and doing most anything outside.
Lisa was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Fashion Design from Woodbury University and an MBA from California State University at Northridge. Lisa, her husband and their youngest child now live in central Oregon.