(Psalm 68:18-19) "Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; Yea, for the rebellious also, that the Lord God might dwell among them. blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah."
Today we are talking about the many blessings that God gives us! I can't tell you how many times in my life God has surprised me by a huge blessing of some kind!
I remember when I was little we were on vacation and we were packing up and getting ready to leave the hotel and as I checked under the bed to make sure I didn't leave anything behind, like socks etc. when to my amazement there was a 14K gold ring with a red sapphire in it just laying under the bed! I was shocked!
I asked my dad what I should do and he told me to keep it because there were so many travelers coming through that time of year and it would most likely be kept in the lost and found at the hotel for years!
And I smiled really big and slipped the heart-shaped ring on my finger and amazingly It fit perfectly as though it was sized just for me! I was only about 7 or 8 at the time but I still recognized that as a surprising blessing from God even though I was young! I knew that I hadn't done anything that would cause me to deserve such a gift but sometimes God blesses us not because we deserve to be blessed because of anything we've done, But he blesses us because of who he is and because of his Love for us his children!
I think he wants to give us "gifts" because we are his children and like our parents sometimes bring us some candy or something special on an ordinary day, God wants to do the same thing!
So next time you come across something, let's say you're walking down a gravel road or in a cotton field and you come across a $5.00 bill? There's no mistaking it folks..That was from God! Remember that!
Now if you find a bag full of money or a billfold in a ditch then naturally you need to go to the police dept. and turn it in to see if anyone claims it and if you get to keep it maybe you could donate half of that to a local church? Perhaps Hi-way tabernacle in Cleveland Texas? obviously you may laugh here, I did after all!
But here's the thing folks..God really does want to bless you in unexpected ways and you need to allow him to do so, Not because you deserve it but because you want to walk in the blessings of God and think about it this way, if you're blessed then you can be a blessing to someone else and your church will be blessed because of your faithfulness as well!
(Deuteronomy 28:2) "All these blessings will come to you in abundance if you obey the Lord your God."