So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham. Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.
God is always at work in our lives. Situations come and go, but God directs our paths. Joel Osteen (b. 1963), pastor and televangelist said, “I believe if you keep your faith, you keep your trust, you keep the right attitude, if you’re grateful, you’ll see God open up new doors.” Jeremiah 11:1-5 urges us to obey the terms of God’s covenant and be his people. Of this nature is the love of God. 1 Peter 2:1-5 tells us to rid ourselves of all malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander. For those who have tasted the Lord is good. On the theme of love, Desmond Tutu (b. 1931), a retired South African Anglican bishop and social rights activist reminded us: “You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” We therefore have to accept – not some, but all of our family members, even when it seems they have problems.
God’s View of Us
God loves us all. In the world some give the impression that they have a special place with him. These individuals could be self-righteous. Albert Einstein (1879–1955), a German-born theoretical physicist wrote, “Before God we are equally wise – and equally foolish.” But we could enhance who we are if we heed the advice of Voltaire (1694–1778), French Enlightenment writer, who said: “God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.”
It ought to be remembered that our talent is God’s gift to us. We have to recognize God is wiser than humans, and his weakness is stronger than ours (1 Cor 1:25-26). That’s why believers should speak the Word of God with the strength he provides (1 Pet 4:11-12), and they will be blessed.
Be a Blessing
The Lord is always with us and we should have no fear (Isa 41:10). It’s him who gives us strength and power (Isa 40:28-31). Joel Osteen said, “When you focus on being a blessing, God makes sure that you are always blessed in abundance.” But should believers pursue these blessings? Saint Teresa of Calcutta (1910–1997), an Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun wrote, “We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is in the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence … we need silence to be able to touch souls.” Trusting and loving God is a process that takes time. The Word of God is right, true, and faithful (Ps 33:4-6). With dedication to God’s Word believers could say like Joyce Meyer (b. 1943), a Christian author and speaker: “I may not be where I want to be, but thank God I am not where I used to be.”