Happy New Year to everyone! May God bless you richly!
I wonder what that means to you. If you were to write a list of the five most important ‘blessings’ you would like bestowed upon you in 2013, I wonder what they would look like? Mine would probably include family health, peace, good relationships, prosperity, and of course spiritual growth. Wouldn’t you just love to be part of a fresh awakening in your neck of the woods?
In Genesis 27 v 28 and 29, we read the blessing that Isaac bestowed upon Jacob, and verse 28 particularly resonates with me, – “May God give you heaven’s dew and earth’s richness – an abundance of grain and new wine.” Blessed in all heavenly and earthly things!
To me, the ‘abundance of grain’ speaks of physical prosperity – the lack of want; while the ‘new wine’ speaks of the things of the Holy Spirit. Was Jacob truly blessed!
But what about Esau? As the older son he technically had the rights to two benefits – the birthright and the blessing. He exchanged the birthright for some food back in chapter 25, and it meant little to him. Now he had lost the blessing too – and he was devastated. Was it just that he had been tricked, whereas the birthright was exchanged in a deal, fair and square? I personally think that he valued it so much more – he was desperate that his father should have some blessing left to give him. And perhaps he suddenly realized the enormity of what he had lost.
We all make mistakes in life; we can value the wrong people, the wrong things, make bad career choices and so on. Some things are not so significant in the long run, whilst others may be bitterly regretted in later life. ‘Hindsight is a wonderful thing,’ they say, but maybe a little genuine reflection about our values may help avoid some of the worse sorrows. What would be the worst possible thing to lose? What can I do/should I be doing to help prevent it? When you’ve done all you can, if the worst still happens, you can at least say you tried!
And what would be the very best blessing of all? Like the pearl of great price, if it’s worth it, then seek it with everything you’ve got!