May 12, 2022 18:30pm
What a Blessing

There are some words we use and don’t really understand the meaning. My husband is the best at this! Sometimes the words aren’t even real words…but he loves to throw them out there. “Ecliptical illusion” was one of my favorites.

Oh, wait, you don’t know what that means?

Yeah… welcome to my world.

He used it so nonchalantly, I almost missed it.

He meant optical illusion. Not eclipse or elliptical but optical…

One of his favorites is using the word fictitious. When he jokes about something and I give him the look, he will say, “oh, haha, I’m just being fictitious.”

Yeah… again, not used correctly.

Me: “Facetious, honey. The word is facetious.”

Bewildered, he says, “Are you sure?”

Me: “Yes.”

Him: “Then what does fictitious mean again?”

Me: “Fictional. Make believe. Made up.”

Him: “Well I’ve been using it wrong all these years. Who knew?”

There’s another word that comes to mind that I think, especially Americans, use out of context or don’t really understand the deep meaning of. In the book of Numbers, we are finishing out chapter 6. We come to verses 22-27 and see God’s instructions for how to bless the people.

“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them, The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them.” (Numbers 6:22-27)

Bless. We use it as a verb, a noun, and an adjective.

In this case, the word “bless” is a verb, an action, something is taking place. I found a great note in my commentary, – within the action of blessing there are 5 things God would give:
1. Favor and protection
2. Be pleased
3. His approval
4. peace
5. grace and mercy (compassion)

I use that word a lot.
“Have a blessed day.” “Praying for God to bless you in your marriage!” “Lord, bless her family during this time.” “Bless you!”

But I don’t think I’ve ever really stopped to think about what it truly means. I think of a blessing as just God’s favor. But it’s so much more than that. Now that I know the deeper meaning, this word seems to be even greater than before! When I ask the Lord to bless you, I am asking Him for these very things!

Dig into the Word of God today! You’ll find conviction and your heart will be exposed. But if you search the scriptures, you will discover truth, love and forgiveness. Only Jesus Christ can offer you that.

What a blessing!

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