Our cat, Tiger, would sometimes have a sneezing fit and would always look very surprised when it happened. I never felt obligated to say the words, “bless you.” After all, I figured it was usually the cat making everyone else sneeze. There are many ideas on the origins of blessing people after a sneeze. Some believed the sneeze had to do with evil spirits leaving the body. Others felt it was the soul momentarily escaping the body. My favorite is the belief that the heart temporarily stopped during a sneeze!
Today’s verse declares that the source of every spiritual blessing is Jesus Christ. He has blessed every believer with unmerited favor and goodness. The blessings He gives are not tangible but spiritual. And because that is true, these blessings are eternal. They include His choosing us, adopting us, redeeming us and forgiving us (verses 4-7). He has blessed us by sealing us with His Holy Spirit and has promised us an inheritance (verse 13-14). These blessings are not seen with our physical eyes but they are more real than things that are!
I need to be reminded of His blessings, especially when I see non-believers seemingly prosper around me. Like David, I can feel discouraged and tempted to be envious (Psalm 37:1-2). But their success is temporary and my inheritance is eternal! Spiritual blessings are the ones that matter. And the blessing of being His very own outweighs anything else. I can live this life with faith and love because they spring from the hope stored up for me in Heaven! (Col. 1:5) How blessed I am!
Lord, open the eyes of my heart to see Your blessings today..