I remember hearing for the first time these lyrics: and God bless the child that’s got his own. I was watching a movie - The Lady Sings the Blues, starring Diana Ross. For some reason even as a kid, the song captivated me. I was walking around, singing it in my head, because for some reason it has the resonated with me like no other. It was like she was singing to me. Directly to me. But I couldn’t truly understand why this song touched me in a way that no one other song ever had.
I’m reading my scripture this morning, John 1:12 and something began to stir up and I extended my reading to John 1:9-13. The scripture reads 9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. Suddenly, a lightbulb goes off and this song from my childhood springs forth. It is a reminder to me that no matter what the relationship is, that my parents, my siblings, my child, my friends, my family, or anyone in my circle has with God, my blessing comes with my relationship with God. Now, don’t misunderstand me here. God saw fit to bless me upon my birth, but I did not come to full realization of His blessing until the appointed time in my relationship with Him.
Often people live off the blessings of others. In the 17 years, I’ve been saved, I cannot begin to tell you how many times, I’ve heard about prayer lines and prayer circles and people just asking you or someone else to pray for them. And please don’t misunderstand me. There is nothing wrong with you asking someone else to pray for you. I’ve done it well over 1000 times. But what I’ve come to understand is that while those prayers were magnificent and wanted and needed, what God really wanted was to hear from me directly. Nothing and I mean absolutely nothing, beats having a relationship with God, where you can go directly to him and pray.
Now I understand the words: God bless the child that has its own. Prayer should be one of the integral parts of our relationship with God. It is our time to talk to God and our time to hear from God. Some people pray in the morning, others pray at night, others pray all day. My prayer time with God is when I get to have diarrhea of the mouth (metaphorically, LOL), where I can just tell God everything. In that 17 years though I’ve learned to not just talk. Real prayer is a two-way communication. There’s a time where you talk but then you MUST listen. I pour my heart out then God says what He has to say. Not all of it is warm and fuzzy. But all of it is exactly what I need.
So many people these days are looking for blessings. So I’ll ask a basic question: where do you think these blessings are coming from? Understand that God wants to bless us. He is a mighty good Father that wants to give us everything that He has for us, but those things must come in the right time and the right season. The season where we’ve gotten ourselves to the right mindset so we can manage the blessing. What I’ve come to understand in the last 45 days, is that the blessing that we’ve been praying for comes with a different level of responsibility. If your mind is not in a place to manage the weight of the responsibility, then you can’t truly handle the blessing.
Being able to handle the blessing is established during your prayer life. Oh, and before I release this know that God sees your heart. If your heart isn’t in the right place and you’re not sitting in humility, please please please don’t hurt and damage yourself by asking for something that you have not prepared yourself to receive. God works according to His will not ours. According to His timing, not ours. When you are in His will then your prayers may just change, and you may just realize that the thing that you want is not what you need. You may just stop praying for something that could destroy you instead of uplifting you. Be careful what you pray for, and always pray, according to the Word of the Father, and not the flesh of the person.
Be A Blessing and Not Just Blessed