The life of faith may be scarred by adversity, but the blessings of faith are the balm that heals the wounds and the bounty which fills the treasure chest of life. We have all known the adversity of life. The times when our faith was tested, stretched and even faltered. But we have also known the triumphs, the bounty, the blessings of faith that is the true wealth of the Christian life. In Hebrews 11:20-21, we read
By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.
Faith is a necessity in the life that we lead. The Christian life is a faith life. Our faith is not only defined by our relationship with God, but its outpouring on others. The reality is that faith is rooted in our relationship with God, but it blossoms in our relationship with others.
Many can testify of hardships and even suffering for the name of Christ. Some have chosen to take a stand and were persecuted for His name sake. Whatever the story, the thread that binds us together and carries us through is faith. That thread is intertwined with our faith in God, His mercy, grace, love, kindness and gentleness. These attributes are often revealed to us in the treasures of Christian friends, colleagues and mentors – someone who allowed the blessings of faith in their life to overflow into yours when you needed it most.
Just as Scripture reveals to us the practicality of our faith concerning the relationship that we should build with our Savior, it also teaches us the same practicality concerning our relationship with our fellow man. When our faith grips God and realizes that He has “open[ed] you the windows of heaven, and pour[ed] you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it,” don’t hoard that treasure for yourself. Share it with others. Let the blessings of God overflow into the life of another who is simply scrapping the bottom of the barrel of faith for their last meal. Be their Elijah. Proclaim the blessings and provision of God through the drought of their life. You may be the means of blessing they so desperately need.
[Article 3 in Series – Insight from Isaac]
[Article 1 – The Way Things Ought to Be]
[Article 2 – Beware of the Darkside]
[Article 3 – The Blessings of Faith]