Where do You Place Your Trust When You Forget to Count Your Blessings?
Have you ever had one of those weeks when the blessings that had been bountifulÂ appeared toÂ dry up and youÂ wondered where is God and what exactly was His plan and purpose for you? That has been my week, a week of countless attacks but one also filled with blessings. I know that reads as polar opposites but that is exactly what has occurred. So how canÂ we be attacked and blessed at the same time? It all boils down to what you trust and believe in and where your confidence lies.
It is so easy to lose confidence in your beliefs or to question where God is when things are not going as you planned. We have all faced days that have not gone right some of us have experienced weeks and months of problems while others of us trudge along for years mired deep in our troubles so how doÂ we keep moving forward? I believe that is whereÂ we have to place our trust in something and I choose God. I have found that by placing my trust in man it may or may not work out. I may or may not find peace. It is a fifty-fifty chance with man atÂ its bestÂ and I am not going to place my bets on that as I need the odds a little more in my favor. I know no matter what happens here on earth that in the end I will live with God and that not only gives me peace but hope. So you mayÂ ask but what about here on earth in the present? I know with confidence that all of God’s plans have a purpose and that purpose is not against me because the scriptures say so and I can keep moving forward knowing that I and my troubles are servingÂ that purpose whether I can see theÂ end and its resultsÂ or not somehow they are revealingÂ God’s glory.
So how do weÂ find the strength to keep moving forward?Â The strength grows from trust and blessings. This week’s focus verseÂ isÂ fit for my week and chosenÂ before my week of attacks so I feel it was truly God led as I needed it keep moving forward. Jeremiah 17:7;
But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. (NLT)
Counting Your Blessings Gives You Confidence in Your Trust
It is so hard to trust that God has your best interest in mind when your world is falling down around you but I challenge you to think about your blessings when this occurs as it often shows you things in a new light, the light of God. This was the result of my crazy week as I found myself being attacked on all sides and I truly believe it was attacks from Satan as he would like nothing more than to convince us that all is lost and God is not there to help us. As I began to journal about the attacks I felt lead to write the good things that were happening at the same time. The result of this was that my blessings outweighed the problems. This brought to mindÂ a wonderful old hymn which I had not thought about in many years written by Johnson Oatman Jr. in 1897. The poem is beautiful and spot on even though it is far from 1897.
1. When upon life’s billow you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings,Â name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
Writing down your blessings might seem silly and trivial until you do it. Once however you sit and actually write them out it really puts all of your problems in a different perspective. You must list them all, each one, just as the poem states not just big ones. This is truly the key to counting the blessings.
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
*Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.
[*And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.}
When I listed all the blessings that I had been given this week in relation to the attacks I really began to be surprised at how God was watching over me. I do not believe God attacks us with problems, sickness, or troubles. I believe they are the result of a sin filled world and attacks of Satan. Yes, sometimes we have helped create ourÂ issues and the result is the problems, sickness, or troubles. Sometimes though our problems, sickness, or troubles are just the result of issues outside of us because we live in a world of sin and a world in which Satan has been given free reign because God gave us free will. God though often takes these problems, sicknesses, or troubles and makes them easier to find the strength to move on or makes them where they glorify Him in miraculous proportions.
2. Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.
Sometimes we do feel overburdened with life and we think we just can’t handle any more. When this happens speak to God and let Him show you your many blessings. You will find peace in that. You will find the joys of life even amid the problems. The PsalmsÂ are full ofÂ writings telling us about the joys we will find if we simply trust in God. (Psalm 34:8, Psalm 40:4, Psalm 84:12) We can find comfort in these scriptures because these are men who have experienced troubles and they are relaying the results they have found by taking refuge and trusting in GodÂ not man, and the joy to be found by doing both. So does that take the problems away? No, the problems are still there they are just seen in a new and different perspective. Paul speaks clearly of this in 1 Thessalonians 5:18;
Be thankful in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. (NLT)
This week I read a quote from Mark Batterson’s new book Draw the Circle which resounds with how to balance trouble and blessings finding comfort in our circumstances through prayer and relationship with God.
Sometimes God delivers us from our problems: Sometimes God delivers us through our problems.
We would all like our problems to disappear but whether God choses to remove our problems or just help us through them we have to place our trust in HimÂ andÂ build the confidenceÂ that He will deliver us. We cannot focus on what others have we must accept that our just and end rewards will be our blessings in heaven.
3. When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings – *money cannot buy [* wealth can never buy]
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.
It is hard to think of life in end rewards when we want the quick “fix” to our problems or troubles. We look at other’s lives and think why us? We ask ourselves why can’t we be them and not us creating discouragement for ourselves but we cannot be discouraged by what others have and what we do not. We must focus on what blessings we have been given as often we do not know what others are experiencing as all of us think the “grass is greener on the other side”. Each of us think our problems are worse than anyone else’s problems but the truth is a problem is a problem and when you are experiencing a problem it is a big deal to you and there is no comfort in thinking that someone has it better or worse as your problem is still there with you to deal with it. So we must deal with itÂ allowing God to beÂ in control.
4. So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.
God is over all and we must place our trust in that. Ephesians 5:20 reminds us to give thanks in all things.
And give thanks to everything to God the Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (NLT)
Oh I will not lie to you; thanking God when everything seems wrong is very difficult. It is not that we need to thank God for our problems, sicknesses, or troubles but thank him that He is with us whether delivering us from the issues or just giving us the strength to move through them. We must always remember Romans 8:28 when we find ourselves wondering the purpose of our problems, sicknesses, or troubles.
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. (NLT)
Counting your blessings will show you that God is really working everything together for you. You cannot allow yourself to become bogged down in the problem you must turn to God and boldly pray asking him to help you see the blessings. The blessingsÂ are there, my friends, no matter how bad the circumstances may seem. I found them this week among the muck. The bogged down blessingsÂ wereÂ hidden in the debris but as I began to sortÂ themÂ out of the muck they cleaned themselvesÂ up soÂ I could clearly see them. My problems are not gone byÂ any means but I see them from a different perspective andÂ that provides peace and hope to move forward.
I have no new insight on the future or confidence that all the problems will disappear or work themselves out. I have found peace with the blessings I have counted and I have joy through trusting in God. I do not know what I would have done this week without the confidence to trust God to see me through so IÂ urge all of us who believe to share that belief with others so they too may find peace, trust,Â and hope in a future.Â My confidence is firmly planted with God that He will either deliver me from my problems or He will help me get through them either way it will glorify Him.
I pray you have a problem free week however whether you do or not I urge you to stop and count your blessings as it will truly create a fresh perspective of confidence in God.
Love in Christ,
What are your Thoughts?
Have you counted your blessings and been overwhelmed with the count? Do you place your full confidence in God trusting Him to see you through your problems? Is Jesus in your life or do you need help finding Him?
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