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The conclusion from our series on ‘Battles and Blessings’ reminds us of the following truths:

Life will always have battles as well as blessings. We’d prefer a life of blessing and no battles, but the two things run together like the parallel tracks of a railway. If we learn to accept this, we will save ourselves a lot of heartache and time asking the questions ‘Why me? Why this? Why now?’

God is a God who loves to bless His people. His natural inclination is to bless; He loves to bless (see Ps 67, Eph 1:3, Ps 84:11). We need to grasp the goodness of God and trust in God’s character, no matter whether we’re in a time of battle or a time of blessing. Remember, ‘what’s true in the light is still true in the dark.’ (‘Weep With Me’, Rend Collective) God does not change and is good all the time. God’s blessings are there for us at all times. The Voice version of Ps 67 says, ‘The land has supplied a bountiful harvest, and the True God, our God, has poured out His blessings to us all. God is the source of our blessings; may every corner of the earth respect and revere Him.’ 

Our part is to seek God first, instead of chasing after blessings. Thomas Jefferson spoke about the pursuit of happiness as an inalienable right of humanity, but I’m not sure I totally agree with him. I believe the pursuit of God is the only true pathway to happiness and that happiness is actually a by-product of a life well-lived, as Eleanor Roosevelt said. It’s when we seek God first, when we seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, that we can live in that life of blessing because God’s generosity and provision then become the bedrock of our lives and we have a solid foundation on which to build.