Do you feel blessed? Do you want to be blessed? What kind of blessing are you looking for? Is it a physical blessing? Is it a financial blessing? Is it a mental blessing? Is it a relationship blessing? Have you considered the blessings you have already received and are currently receiving?
Desiring to be blessed is something we all experience. We have a variety of needs or perceived needs we ask blessings for. These cross many areas of our lives, including those mentioned above. Being blessed can mean different things to different people.
Jesus tells the disciples they are blessed. They are getting to see and experience what the prophets of long ago longed to see and hear. They were hearing God, in the form of Jesus, speak to the people of Israel. He was not only speaking to prophets or kings but was speaking to the common person. He was speaking to whomever came to hear His teachings.
They were watching Jesus perform miracles of healing, curing diseases, casting out demons, and raising people from the dead. They were witnessing Him rebuke the Jewish leadership for putting an excessive burden on the common person. They were experiencing God in human form. They were blessed far more than they recognized in the moment.
Though we have not had the same experiences as the disciples who followed Jesus in those days, we are often far more blessed than we recognize. It is only through reflection that we see our blessings. We are blessed in one way the disciples were not at the time Jesus tells them they were blessed—we have the gift of the Holy Spirit living inside us. Are we listening and following his guidance? Do we recognize that blessing?
I pray we all recognize that we are blessed richly. I pray we reflect on the blessings we have. I pray each one of us choose to listen to the Holy Spirit and experience more blessings because of it. Know that you are blessed. Reflect on your blessings. Listen to the Holy Spirit. Be blessed through him.
Matthew 13:16-17 “But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”