God's Blessing beyond Comprehension

God's Blessing beyond Comprehension.

Read Ephesians 1:3-12

"Who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ."

Sadly, we always find it easier to count our many troubles than to count our many blessings. There is something within us that easily overlooks the good things we have in life and instead become obsessive about what is wrong. A good example is how we respond to people's compliments and criticisms. Ten people can compliment us, but we will instead become focused on the one critical person. Criticisms penetrate the soul while complements are easily ignored.

The same is true regarding the circumstances we face in life. We overlook all the good things that God has done for us and instead focus on what he has not done. Only when he has done something astounding, such as miraculous healing, do we take notice as Paul begins his letter to the church at Ephesus by reminding them of God's incredible blessing bestowed upon them. The tragedy of the church at Ephesus was that they would maintain their doctrinal integrity but lose their love for Christ (Revelation 2:1-7). Perhaps Paul sensed this as he wrote this letter, so he desired for them to focus first and foremost on God's gifts to them. Maintaining a love relationship with God is grounded in our awareness of the blessings he has done.

Paul begins by reminding us that God has not just bestowed a few blessings upon us, but every spiritual blessing. But these blessings are not confined to the physical world we live in but transports us into eternity. One of the reasons we struggle to see God's blessing in our life is that we focus on the present and the physical. We equate blessing with financial prosperity, material possessions, good health, and the enjoyment of life. When the circumstances surrounding us become dark and sinister, we become downcast and discouraged, believing that God no longer blesses us. We equate his blessing by the fleeting and momentary. But Paul seeks to lift our eyes off these things and point us to the lasting and eternal. He moves our focus from the physical to the spiritual, from the earthly to the heavenly. His language points us to the superlative—we are blessed with all spiritual blessings. Paul wants us to realize the depth of God's blessing, so in the rest of the sentence (which goes from verse 3 to verse 12), Paul recounts the wonders of what God has done for us. We have been chosen to share in the holiness of God. We are elevated to the position of being sons and daughters. We have redemption and forgiveness of sins. He has given us a knowledge of God's redemptive plan that will be fully realized in Christ. We have an eternal inheritance that is guaranteed for us in heaven. He has done all this so that we might have the hope of glory. But even beyond all this, he has given us his Holy Spirit as a guarantee of our future inheritance (vs. 13-14). If God has done all this for us, then how could we ever doubt his love and care for us.

To live in light of his blessings, we need to rearrange our focus. Instead of focusing upon all the things we do not have in the present, we need to focus on what God has done for us. When we consider all the blessings he has done, we have every reason to rejoice and give thanks regardless of our present circumstances. His blessings are truly beyond comprehension. Throughout the day, reflect on his blessings and give thanks for all that he has done for us.

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