The term blessed is one that is used very loosely in our society, oftentime in terms of having much wealth and success.
If you’ve achieved your goals, you’re “blessed.” If you’ve just purchased your first home, you’re “blessed.” If you’ve achieved the amazing husband, two kids, and white picket fence dream, you’re doubly “blessed.” If you’ve got a closet full of name brand clothes, an expensive car in your driveway, and thousands in the bank, the word “blessed” is written all over you, worldly-minded folk would say.
But, is this what God had in mind when He coined the term “blessed”? Worldly wealth, success, selfishness, covetousness, greed? If we open our Bibles, we’ll quickly find that the answer to that question is a resounding “NO.” In God’s eyes, the term blessed is fit for those who seek after Him, who follow His ways and commands, who seek to build His Kingdom and not themselves, and who are satisfied with the provision He provides and the eternal life He died to give them.
Let’s go to the Bible for confirmation.
Here are a few verses that display God’s meaning of the term (there are several more):
- Psalm 32:1: “Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.”
- Psalm 32:2: “Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.”
- Psalm 119:1: “Blessed are those who are blameless, who walk according to the law of God.”
- Psalm 119:2: “Blessed are those who keep His statutes and seek Him with all their heart.”
- Jeremiah 17:7: “But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in Him.”
- Matthew 5:4: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
- Matthew 5:5: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”
- Luke 6:21: “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.”
- Luke 6:22: “Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.”
- Revelation 22:14: “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the City.”
So we see through these verses how different God’s view of being blessed is from the world’s.
Now understand, every case of poverty and lack isn’t to be considered blessed, just as in the same way every case of wealth isn’t to be considered a curse or sign of wickedness. Some are in poverty because they have a slack hand (cf. Proverbs 10:4), or are living in blatant sin (Haggai 1), and some are blessed with wealth in order to be a blessing to others (it’s not to hoard or to use to live luxuriously). See 1 Timothy 6:17-19.
That said, we must be careful not to judge either situation wrongly. As a matter of fact, we shouldn’t go around trying to judge those situations at all (although some are blatantly apparent, like the wealth of those who capitalize off of God’s name), as God is the ultimate Judge.
This post is simply to help all of my believing sisters understand the term blessed from God’s point of view, and to realize that if your bank account is sitting at $0, or you’re living in an apartment, or living as a single woman without kids, etc., it doesn’t mean you aren’t blessed. If you’re seeking after God, wholeheartedly, living obediently to His Word, and desiring to grow in Him, you are blessed, and are right where He desires you to be at this moment, in this (temporary) life.
Therefore, don’t let the world and its naysaying cloud your judgment of God’s view. God calls you blessed, and that’s exactly what you are.