Moreover Blessing & Even Though Love

Moreover Blessing

It was something Authrine reminded me about. She was talking about how God responded to Solomon’s request. So I went to read 1 Kings 3 and loved how Solomon put himself at the mercy of God to just get the wisdom required to operate in his position as king. That degree of humility was something I took very seriously. No way I can carry out any of my responsibilities without that degree of humility – that knowledge that without God I am going to mess it up big time, but walking in line with Him, I can be thoroughly faithful in what He calls me to do.

God’s response to the prayer was the really exciting thing. The writer describes how Solomon’s request pleased the Lord. I love that thought. That thought that God smiled at it, as if He nodded his head because that was the kind of engagement he was looking for. Then that word in the NIV version popped up in verse 13 – Moreover. It got me excited to see God delighted to the extent that whereas Solomon asked for one thing, God gave Him so much more. That word moreover – suggesting it was time for God to show again He is a God of more than enough. As a man’s ways were pleasing to Him so He poured out a Moreover Blessing.

What I also noted carefully was how that bonus blessing was based on maintaining that humble desire to stick close to God. Things would go well for Solomon just as long as he remained committed to this relationship through obedience. It was sobering because it reminded me of that tendency to look for something from someone and as soon as the thing came the someone was either dismissed outright or became significantly less important. Yet here God emphasised how it’s all about the focus on the relationship. It’s not about the goodies we get from God – it’s about embracing the Giver as of far greater value than the gift.

The big deal was being in line with the heart of God and delighting Him to the point that we enjoy His Moreover Blessing!

Even Though Love

There’s brotherly love. It’s a great love among family, it is about those ties that boasts of a depth far deeper than casual and convenient acquaintances.

Yet, there is something about the love of God in Jesus Christ that still humbles me tremendously. What kind of love keeps trusting the people you will bring closer to you than anyone else even though they will misunderstand you, leave you in the lurch when it matters most, denies you three times and in one person’s case even betray and sell you out? What kind of love keeps going even though the wife you died for and longed to beautify time after time brings your name into disrepute?

No wonder it’s referred to as an amazing and divine love. That kind of even though love. A love that Paul evidently had in mind when referring the church in Corinth to it. This kind of even though love lifts us above the bitter resentment that lingers after hurt. This kind of even though love pours out liberating forgiving mercy and grace to others even as we are grateful recipients from an amazing Saviour who loves us even though

For His Name’s Sake

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden

A Little Bit More on Channel of Blessing 

I like the concept of being being a channel of blessing. 

I like it because it recognises that we are part of a flow. I am a recipient of this blessing. God has lavished His love on me, every morning I get to enjoy new mercies if I have the mind and heart to embrace it. 

In the light of that reality, there is also the truth of the reason for being the blessing. It is because someone else can be a recipient of this blessing. It is not for me to just cosy up with the blessing and keep it to myself. It is to share so that through me that which God has given can bless others. In that I am a channel – the thoroughfare where the love of God flows and others becomes a recipient. 

There is more to learn about being a channel of blessing. I only wanted to share a little bit at the moment. 

Carry on. 

For His Name’s Sake 

Shalom 

C. L. J. Dryden 

Make Me a Channel of Blessing

So there’s been this theme on the blog recently about being a blessing. It wasn’t planned. It was just a roll that kept rolling and this hymn came to mind in the light of that. 

I will come back to it soon. Meanwhile consider the song words carefully and see if you are a channel of blessing. 

For His Name’s Sake 

Shalom 

C. L. J. Dryden 

Be A Blessing

Customer service operators (CSO). They are quite the breed of humanity. Their task can be thankless.

There was one in particular at place I frequent. On one occasion I endeavoured to utilise a voucher scheme and because of technicalities as to how the voucher could be used, I ended up causing a large queue. That CSO impatiently wanted me to sort out the issue right away and to be honest, I likewise wanted the issue and her to be sorted out right away. Thankfully an angel appeared on the scene to resolve everything beautifully with no cross words being exchanged.

On another occasion, however, there was another matter regarding products and their placement with the appropriate pricing. Who should be the CSO that I come across with this issue? She remembered me. I remembered her. Our eyes met. The setting was made for another … Nah, not really, she was perfectly cooperative in understanding the issue at hand. Although it required an adjustment that appeared somewhat awkward, it was done with her noting what needed to be adjusted.

As I left the encounter, although there was plenty to be aggrieved at, something struck me to challenge me on what it would to be a blessing to her. What would that look like. Sure, I behaved in a calm and assured manner which ensured the issue wasn’t aggravated. I certainly didn’t assert my rights and insist on things. Yet there was a challenge about what it was to take the initiative and be a blessing.

That challenge was intriguing in the light of other events of late where people expressed concerns over things not being done. Part of the complaints that arose came from the frustration some experienced because those who should take the initiative were too shy in doing so, where others who needed the support wasn’t getting it. In and around the conversation was a definite sense in which expectations was high for others to do something and not so high for the same people complaining to do much themselves … other than to complain about the others not meeting the high expectations.

Those conversations would be draining if it were not for that same challenge that I got for the CSO. The challenge to see how you can be a blessing. God has definitiely equipped each believer with enough to be a blessing to someone else. It doesn’t have to involve money, it does have to involve intentionality and a desire to look to be blessing. It is to see how Jesus wasn’t expecting others to do things while He chilled out eating grapes. His mission was to be a blessing to those He came across and thus inspire His followers to be a blessing to those they came across also.

That is no different today. Maybe it is the smile and courteous treatment of others. Perhaps it is being flexible where certain rules are concerned so that compassion can take precedent. It could be getting that token of appreciation for those who do thankless tasks. The matter could go as far as committing to spending time with someone, hearing them out, learning them, understanding them, caring for them, relating to them and investing your loving qualities for their enhancement. We can all play a part and we should be about the business of playing a part so that the world will know that Jesus is Lord.

Something worth considering when you’re next getting your shopping.

For His Name’s Sake

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden

Be Fruitful – A Personal Consideration (The Fruit Series 05) 

​And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (GEN 1:28 ESV) 

The blessing to be fruitful keeps bugging me. There’s obviously more to it than sexual relations. There’s also something to being fruitful that is distinct as well as significantly complimentary to multiplication. 

Being fruitful – fullness of fruit, fruit that which is within that enriches without. The essence and succulence of the individual presented to the world in expressing that which lies within. We are fruitful when we express the fullness of life. 

To be fruitful is to understand what it is to have life and express that to its fullest. When creation witnesses that the glory of God is truly revealed. Therein lies the challenge for to truly be fruitful is to understand the source from which that blessing flows and remain inextricably attached to Him. 

This is not something I intend to leave for the time being. Meditating on it brings more consequences out for life as I know it. 

For His Name’s Sake 

Shalom 

C. L. J. Dryden 

Be Fruitful – The Human Instruction (The Fruit Series 04)

And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (GEN 1:28 ESV) 

Humans are created to be fruitful. It’s a blessing. 

Think about that. 

For His Name’s Sake 

Shalom 

C. L. J. Dryden 

The Kings II 04 – The Real King, The Prophet and Provision 

​But the woman became pregnant, and the next year about that same time she gave birth to a son, just as Elisha had told her. (2 Kings 4:17 NIV) 

The fourth chapter of 2 Kings does not mention anything about Kings. It does remind us however what it is to live in the sovereign rule of God as expressed through His prophet. 

Episode 1 – The Widow’s Need

This episode is fascinating to read from the position of the widow. Here she is on the brink of losing her sons and she knows where to go to make her appeal. This is another lesson to learn about making available whatever we have. For when the widow gave what she had, the Lord did not just cover the debt, but gave her extra to provide for her and her family. 

Episode 2 – Kindness of the Shunammite Woman 

Some may want to put these two episodes together, but I see enough distinction in these to make them separate episodes. For our introduction to the Shunammite woman is in complete contrast to the widow of the previous episode. The widow was financially impoverished, but this Shunammite woman was well off. In fact so well off she was able to make a room in her house available for the servant. It is this act of kindness, however, in recognition of the man of God that paved the way for her to receive great kindness herself. 

Often material comfort does not express inner lack. Identifying what the woman longed for and addressing showed how God is able to make tangible even the desires that we had almost given up all hope on. 

Episode 3 – Restoration of the Miracle Son 

What makes this episode so intriguing among other things is how the Shunammite woman persists in sticking to the man of God. Her son dies, she doesn’t make arrangements for a funeral, she doesn’t weep with her husband, she goes to the man of God. Even when the assistant looks to see what’s up, she won’t tell him because she knows where the source is. Even when Elisha gives instructions for remote control healing, the woman won’t be satisfied with that. 

In all this, God displays His concern for what He has miraculously brought about by providing another miracle to bring the boy back to life. The wordless response of the Shunammite woman affirms the faith she expressed in taking the matter to the man she had rightly identified as connected to God. 

Episode 4 – Prophets Enjoy Feast in a Famine 

There was a famine in Gilgal, that suggests a massive shortage of food. No wonder one of the prophets brought back some wild stuff to enhance the stew. No wonder, also, that putting that in the stew had some adverse effects. There is wonder, however, that God turns this situation around by just adding a little bit of flour power and the stew is restored. 

Not only that but we get another example of making the most of what is available. There should not have been enough bread for the one hundred men, but our little is much in the hands of the Lord. So the man of God could go as far as to say there would be leftovers. Once again God displays that He is an abundant and generous God concerned for the needs of His people and in the business of providing for them.

There is so much to learn and apply when we look to the real King for provision, restoration and blessing. 

For His Name’s Sake 

Shalom 

C. L. J. Dryden