Celebrating (But Never Demanding) God’s Blessing

God has, once again, blessed my family above and beyond what we could imagine. One of the most significant commitments we’ve made to starting Second Mile is moving into the community. Within three days we had multiple offers on our house and within seven days it was sold. Amazing. I know people who have had their house for sale for almost a year, and ours sold in a week.

Then, while we’ve been homeless, we’ve had the joy of living with our friends Charlie and Bonnie in their basement. It’s a beautiful home with plenty of room and their hospitality has been out-of-this-world. In the meantime, we’ve looked at 25+ homes (almost all of which were short-sales and big-hassles). We offered on three homes that we liked and then it was time to wait. All three were good and one was exactly what we wanted (so we had our prayer team pray that God would provide it).

Well, 6-8 weeks later (while we were still waiting), a new house popped on the market that was a regular sale and, though another person offered $12k more than us, our offer was accepted the first day. Amazingly, this house was even better than the one we had asked everyone to pray for and, ironically, they back up to each other. Today we signed the papers, we get keys Friday, and we move in a week. We are thrilled.

It’s funny…but I don’t know totally how to react to all of this. While the Scripture does say that God sometimes gives us more than we ask or think (Eph 3:20) and that he is a generous Father who loves to give good gifts to his children when they ask (Mt 7:11), I am also aware that I don’t even deserve a house, nor am I owed anything by God. I have never given a gift to God that he should repay me (Ro 11:35). I think the reaction that God wants is for me to enjoy his gifts and to delight in the love of the Giver.

But what has troubled me more than once are the comments that some Christians have made when I have told them this story. They’ll say something like, “Well of course God did that for you” or “What else did you expect?” I think when they say this they are simply trying to celebrate God’s generosity. But I also wonder whether these comments carry the assumption that God must bless me in these temporal ways. God may not always provide the temporal blessings I hope for. I know that there are Christians tonight across the world who have zero temporal comfort and God loves them just as much as me.

In conclusion, this experience has taught me to celebrate the blessings of God and to enjoy them, but also to never demand or presume that I must have them. I have Jesus. He is more blessing than I will ever get my arms around and I want him to be enough.

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  1. #1 by carolyn on August 28, 2008 - 5:05 am

    Give thanks with a grateful heart Give thanks to the Holy One. Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ His son!

  2. #2 by Alan F. on August 28, 2008 - 8:37 am

    Great insight Luke. It reminds me of a sermon you gave in May 2007 entitled “Loving the Giver more than the Gifts.”

  3. #3 by Kory on August 28, 2008 - 8:44 pm

    Right on Dude! We rejoice in all that He puts before us, understanding that He knows what’s best for us!

  4. #4 by Laura on September 5, 2008 - 1:41 pm

    Your maturity and humility is SO refreshing, Luke! I think we Americans seek the gifts more than the Giver because we are just used to getting what we want when we want it! But God is most concerned about eternal things, and that perspective will carry us through the hardest of times!

    God bless His kingdom work through you and Molly as you seek to be most pleasing to Him!

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