THURSDAY 25 August, 2016
A Double Blessing
Then all the people went over the Jordan. And when the king had crossed over, the king kissed Barzillai and blessed him, and he returned to his own place. Now the king went on to Gilgal, and Chimhamwent on with him. And all the people of Judah escorted the king, and also half the people of Israel. - >2 Samuel 19:39-40
David kissed and blessed Barzillai, according to their custom and culture, before he went on his way home. There was a mutual respect, trust and gratitude between them. They were a blessing to each other. Barzillai gave to David from his heart the rich resources he needed. Who knew Barzillai was coming to the end of his life. David took with him Chimham to oversee his welfare.
Imagine, we are such a blessed people; from God’s rich resources, He has taken care of our spiritual welfare:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ… (Ephesians 1:3).
Imagine, God has chosen us; we have been adopted by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will. God, through Christ, has accepted us and redeemed us through His blood. We have received His forgiveness for our sins and have been shown the riches of His grace. Through Christ we have been given the seal of the Holy Spirit, a promise as a guarantee of our eternal inheritance (Ephesians 1:4-14).
Knowing these things should we not serve and be a blessing to the Lord? He has given us the grace and ability to do His work and bless others.
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
~2 Corinthians 9:8~
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