As we begin this new year and this new decade, it is behooves us to remember the source of true blessing and joy. The year before us is filled with its usual uncertainties, as well as the mounting uncertainties of a world seemingly in a moral, economic and rational tailspin. At this time, trust in the Lord becomes more and more vital. The result of this trust is a blessing. The one who genuinely trusts the Lord is a man who is genuinely blessed. The term translated blessed is a poetic term that means happy, or happier. It is often used in the Bible to indicate a great happiness. True happiness does not come in the things of this world or in the religions of man. True happiness does not come in those things which make sense to the natural man. In Matthew 5, as Christ opens the Sermon on the Mount, He describes what it means to be His follower and in doing so lays out a series of “Blessed are” statements. The blessed are the spiritually destitute, the mourner, the meek, the one hungry for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemaker and the persecuted. These are not terms that most would think of as describing those who have true happiness. Some would even go so far as to say that true happiness comes in the opposite of those things. Yet, true happiness comes in trusting the Lord. The blessing of God comes in trusting Him, since His blessings are not ones that can be achieved by ingenuity, logic or effort. His blessings are given to those who will depend solely on Him. As you begin 2010, do so trusting the Lord that in Him and through Him you may have true blessing.
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of he Lord; and in His law doth he doth meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” (Psalm 1:1-3)
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