Don’t you love the words “Once upon a time?” When you hear these words, you know exactly what’s coming. You know that it will be an entertaining story, and you know that it probably will end with “and they lived happily ever after.”
We all want a “Once upon a time” and “they lived happily ever after” life.
Sometimes we phrase this in different ways. Sometimes we talk about how “lucky we are.” At other times we speak about “being fortunate.”
Occasionally, we get closer to the truth because we talk about “how blessed we are.”
Don’t you wish you could guarantee these things for your life?
God is the God of giving and the God of blessing. He wants to bless you, and He wants to give you all good things.
It’s at that point that the problem begins. We misunderstand what makes life meaningful and how we get it.
Life cannot be judged by how much you make or how many trips you take. It can’t be judged by how happy you are.
It has to do with what God created you to be.
God created you to live in close relationship with Him.
From the very beginning, God prepared His people for blessings and joy. He gave Adam and Eve an amazing garden filled with joys unimaginable. God provided a way for their experiencing all His blessings.
Like you and me, their problem was obedience. Instead of listening to God, they heard the subtle, seductive voice of the tempter. So do we.
God has told us what to do. We are to seek Him and His righteousness. We are to trust Him in all our ways. We are to let Him direct our paths. To do this is to experience God’s blessings and goodness.
Only then do we get to experience a life of significance and blessing.
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