Daily Devotional 7-30-19

Blessings Carry Weight
By Julie White
 
Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Tell Aaron and his sons to bless the people of Israel with this special blessing: May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.  May the Lord show you His favor and give you his peace.’ Whenever Aaron and his sons bless the people of Israel in My name, I Myself will bless them. Numbers 6:24-27
 
A blessing is one way of asking for God’s divine favor to rest on others. The blessing in these verses helps explain what a blessing is supposed to do.
 
Its five parts conveyed hope that God would: protect them (keep them safe); smile on them (be pleased and make His presence known); be gracious (merciful and compassionate); show His favor toward them (give His approval, pleasure and affection); give peace (originally “shalom,” Hebrew for a positive state of rightness and fullness of well-being). The pronouncement of this blessing also placed God’s covenant name (Yahweh) on the people. Profound, right?
 
So, when we ask God to bless others, we are asking Him to do those five things. Words spoken in a true Biblical blessing are to be meaningful and significant expressions that can shape reality. In light of that perspective, it makes sense that God would tell His people to pronounce blessings on each other, then and now.
 
Blessings you offer help people who receive them, demonstrate love and encouragement, and provide a model for how to care about other people. When we align our words with God’s heart and His purposes, God, who desires to bless, responds to our words by declaring that He will.
 
Blessings carry weight, and in a very real sense, they carry His presence.
 
PRAYER: Lord, may my words be an instrument of Your shalom. May I impart blessings to others through my words and may Your Spirit inhabit those words in power.