OVERTAKEN WITH BLESSINGS
Andy Hollifield 5-3-17
Deuteronomy 28:2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.
Psalms 21:3 For thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness: thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head.
Proverbs 28:20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.
Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
Blessings———–(1) the acts or words of a person who blesses. (2) a special favor, mercy, or benefit. (3) a favor or gift bestowed by God, therefore bringing happiness. (4) The invoking of God’s favor upon a person.
Overtake———–(1) to catch up with while traveling or pursuing; to draw even with. (2) to catch up with and pass (3) to happen to or befall someone suddenly or unexpectedly
The word “blessings” only occurs 12 times in 9 verses. I had heard a preacher friend speak on numerous occasions about being overtaken by a blessing. I liked that phrase and I tried my best to find it in scripture and never could. Then as I was reading for this post I accidentally found it. It was a simple fact that simply misspelling a word can cause you not to be able to find it. The word “blessing” is used 67 times in 64 verses. If you want a blessing, just run the references in your bible and I can promise you that if you hearken to the voice of the Lord, more than just one blessing will overtake you. Think about that. If we just listen to God and his leading in our lives, he will let his blessings chase us, catch us, and happen to us suddenly and unexpectedly. Ain’t that good? God puts forth a lot of effort just to bless us. That means he will overtake us with blessings. Also, when you overtake something, it becomes captured and in subjection and submissive to the will of the captor. Look back at what a blessing is; a special mercy, favor, benefit, or gift from God that always brings happiness. When you look at it like that, it makes you wonder why God has to chase us to bless us. The first 14 verses of chapter 28 in the book of Deuteronomy details all the blessings that God promised the Jews. The rest of the chapter details the penalties they will face if they ignore God. Another 54 verses of the price they would pay for ignoring God.
The word blessed is used 302 times in 287 verses. God started in Genesis blessing his people and still hasn’t ever stopped. In Genesis 1:22 And God blessed them saying, be fruitful and multiply. In Revelation 22:14 he says “Blessed are they that do his commandments.” All of that is just in this life. Can you imagine how he is going bless us when we get to heaven with him? We will have a glorified body that can stand it. Revelation 19:9 God tells John, “Write, blessed are they which are called to the marriage supper”. Can you imagine that day? The word “bless” is used 127 times in 117 verses. The first time is when he told Abram that he would bless him and make a great nation out of him. Years later, Abram was overtaken with numerous blessings.
We could go on and on about what God said about our blessings or we could just start counting them. If you start now, you would never get done. But it sure is fun to name them. You start naming them and counting them to the Lord and you will never get finished. Well, this is supposed to be an encouraging article designed to lift you up and help meet your spiritual need for the day. If this one don’t help you, there is nothing I can do to help you. You might want to check up because if you listen to the voice of the Lord while you are reading this, you will be overtaken with blessings before you finish reading. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!