I’m convinced that God wants to bless us in large and amazing ways, but also in small ways too. He is interested in our everyday and wants us to encounter Him in the little things as we go about our day. He is always there, with us, and I think He just loves it when we notice Him moving in the mundane.
The story that God has reminded me about, and prompted me to write today, is a fairly small blessing. However, it encouraged me so much at the time that it was HUGE! At the time I felt God whisper to me that He knows every need and desire that I have and that He is interested in providing them, no matter how insignificant I might think they are.
"So, don't worry about these things, saying,'What shall we eat? What will we drink?' These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God, above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need." Matthew 6:31-33 NLT
The Bible tells us that God cares for us and wants to meet ALL of our needs. He is our heavenly father, and so, He longs to bless us! If you’re a parent then you will appreciate just how much we love to shower our children with the desires of their hearts. God, our father in Heaven, loves us even more and enjoys blessing us as well.
Look at the ravens. They don't plant or harvest,or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to Him than any birds! Luke 12:24 NLT
When we trust that God will provide for us, we are showing Him that we have faith and are devoted to Him.
It is also true that God wants to bless us so that we may be a blessing to others.
And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 2 Corinthians 9:8 NLT
I love to serve at my church. I’m blessed to be a part of the Guest Services team and this means arriving to church, bright and early, to get things ready for the service. Once everything is set, I usually wander over to a near-by café and treat myself to a weak, skinny latte with one sugar. It is the only coffee I have all week and I cherish it!
About six months ago, as I was driving to church, I began to think about, and look forward to, my ‘Sunday coffee’. However, it was different that day; I remembered that I had no money in my personal bank account. Now, I like to pay for my coffees with own money and not from the money in our joint account which is designated for food for the family. This has been a part of God teaching me how to be a good steward with the finances that He gives me. I believe it also demonstrates important lessons about God’s provision to my family.
Anyway, by the time I’d arrived at church, I had decided that I would dip into our joint account to purchase my caffeine fix. However, I still wasn’t feeling that comfortable about doing this!
Once the team had finished setting up, I grabbed my purse and headed for the café. Before I’d even made it out of the door of the auditorium, a member of the production team, carrying a tray full of coffees, approached me and asked if I’d like one. Embarrassingly, although I recognised this man’s face, I didn’t actually know him (our church is fairly large!) However, I just knew that God was using him to bless me that day and I was so grateful! The best part was that this was the nicest, most perfect cup of weak, skinny latte with one sugar that I had ever tasted! It confirmed to me that God does know the desires of our heart. He wants to bless us and provide for our needs and He knows exactly how we like our coffee!!!
I couldn’t wait to tell my husband about this ‘small blessing’. Although it seemed to be such a small and insignificant thing, every time God surprises me with one of His small blessings, it increases my faith as well as the faith of my family members (and friends).
Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim His greatness. Let the whole world know what He has done. 1 Chronicles 16:8 NLT
The Bible is full of testimonies; stories about how God has encountered and blessed His children. It also tells us that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and so this means that, if God could bless people in the past as recorded in the Bible, He can still bless people today.
The Bible also tells us that faith grows by hearing the testimony of others. In fact, the word ‘testimony’ actually means – ‘do it again’. When we hear of what God has done for others we are encouraged that He can do the same for us. It is so powerful!
Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. 1 Peter 3:15 NLT
Testimony is a form of praise and gives honour to God. I often wonder whether God loves to provide blessings to those He knows will give Him the glory by sharing their testimony, no matter how small, with others.
Can you think of times when you just know that God turned up with a blessing for you? I’d love to hear from you! Please leave a comment and share one of your testimonies with me.