Assured of God’s Blessing

Assured of God’s Blessing

As Saul turned to leave Samuel, God changed Saul’s heart, and all these signs were fulfilled that day.  (1 Samuel 10:9)

A dear sister agonized over her dilemma.  She had experienced multiple miscarriages, and doctors were a bit concerned about her health.  She and her husband began to investigate adoption, but now, they were in a spiritual quandary:  was it God’s will for them to continue trying for a natural birth or to pursue adoption?  This poor child of God was tortured by the thought of wandering outside the boundaries of God’s will.

I reminded her:  God’s general will was that she and her husband love Him, love each other, and love the world.  Could they do that by trying to get pregnant?  Absolutely!  Could they do that by pursuing adoption?  Absolutely!  Both options were God-honoring.  God was with them in either choice.

Saul undoubtedly had many questions about God’s anointing:  “How do I know this is really God’s will?  Will the people accept me as king?  Why me?  How will a nobody like me lead God’s People?  How do I know God will bless me?”

Since God didn’t want Saul to wallow in uncertainty, Samuel offered three miraculous proofs to concrete his confidence that he was solidly in God’s will and a recipient of God’s abundant blessing.  Each proof was fulfilled as promised.

God has also offered you three proofs of his blessing.  The Word fills your ears to remind you that Christ’s work for you is complete and that he molds all things masterfully for your good.  Baptism covers your head to reassure you that you are completely forgiven and purified from all unrighteousness.  The Supper crosses your lips to nourish your soul with the body that was broken for you personally and permanently.

Through these three proofs God sends you forth in peaceful confidence—he is with you.  He will never leave you nor forsake you.  He put you where he put you.  He will bless you in all your different vocations.  He will direct you along the way.  And, inside his general will you have freedom to live, love, and serve as you think best.

For those who are wondering—not long after our conversation, that sister got pregnant once more; God reassured her of his love every tenuous moment though Word and Baptism; and she gave birth to a precious daughter.

Prayer:  Lord, I am often so uncertain of your love and your direction for my life.  Thank you for giving me proofs your love for reassurance and the strength to serve you fearlessly.  Amen.