Blessings from the Lord

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The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.
(Numbers 6:24-26)

Sometimes we are told to "count our blessings." And we know that it is good to be appreciative of all the Lord gives to us. But what is a blessing? Blessings are everything the Lord gives us - directly or indirectly by means of angels and people.

While the Lord is the source of all that is good, our response can also be a blessing, whether it is praising the Lord, thanking the Lord with grace before meals, or doing kindnesses for others. 

The Story

Read passages from the Word about the ways the Lord blesses us.

  • Psalm 103:1-5
  • Psalm 127
  • Psalm 128:1-4

Ideas for discussion:

  1. What are some of the blessings the Lord has given to you? Consider tangible blessings like the gifts of nature (its beauty and the natural resources we use for food, clothing and shelter). We might also consider the blessings we receive directly from the Lord and by means of other people. The everyday actions of our spouses, children, coworkers and friends can all be considered blessings. 
  2. If someone asked you to list the five most important gifts or blessings you have from the Lord, what might you put on that list?
  3. The Lord’s Word is one of the most important gifts to us. Why might that be? (Because the truths of the Word can lead us to heaven.)
  4. Another blessing is the ability to do things to help other people. Lawson Smith explains that the “highest happiness comes from doing something useful, something to help other people. So, one of the Lord’s greatest benefits to us is the ability to be useful.”
  5. How might this quotation change how you “count” your blessings? “A blessing means every good that a person has from the Lord, such as power and wealth, and everything that accompanies these, but especially every spiritual good, such as love and wisdom, charity and faith, and the accompanying joy and happiness, which have to do with eternal life” (Apocalypse Revealed 289).

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