Want to be hit right to the core? Read James 2: 1-7 in the Bible.
What happens when someone comes to your meeting who is dressed fancily, in the latest styles, and someone else comes in not quite so put together? It doesnt even need to be a stark contrast. Maybe one is overweight, or plain-looking, or has a physical ailment or deformity. Who do we gravitate towards? The one who socially sticks out? What do we miss, what do we overlook? Who do we give attention to in the meetings? Who gets to speak and is given more respect? The wealthier, oh they must be more knowledgable.
Not so, the Bible says God chooses the foolish things to confound the wise. The weak to shame the strong. The poor to be rich in faith if they love him.
Oh, we are pitiful. We run after Hollywood stars who dress so fine and outlandish and deck themselves out with gold and silver. We look for any word from them on matters they know nothing about.
People in power are looked upon as great and wonderful and the little guy is silenced. Disgusting and so twisted.
Oh God, change my disgusting and twisted thoughts and prejudices. I can’t change the world, but I can change myself. Help me to see and appreciate the poor in riches, but great in faith. Help me show no favoritism nor put any weight to words or appearance of those who would seek it for their own mis-guided gain or notoriety.
‘God bless you.’ I’ve said that to people, have you? What do we mean when we say that? I think I’ve meant – ‘may everything go your way’.
But some of the ways Jesus described blessing in the Bible seem to be a little different. In Matthew 5, in what is called the Beatitudes, Jesus refers to a whole range of people being blessed that I wouldn’t think of having a blessing —-
Blessed are the poor in spirit
Blessed are those who mourn
Blessed are the meek
Blessed are the peacemakers
Blessed are you when people insult you…because of me
Jesus puts us in a topsy-turvy world with these words. Maybe blessing will bring about circumstances that humble us, so that we are poor in spirit. Maybe to be blessed will bring about mourning, so we can understand comfort. Maybe to be blessed will bring about strife, so we can learn to be peacemakers.
Our self-centeredness makes us want exactly what we want. What God is about is having a close relationship with Him and making us more like Him Sometimes that means having the opposite of what we think will be a blessing occur to us so that the blessing can follow.
So, when you are going through troubles it might just be God blessing you, you just haven’t seen the end results yet.