Why God Sends Showers of Blessings, by Revd George Adegboye
One of the phrases you and I are used too often is “God bless you”, even today you have said it to someone or before the end of today you will say it. Many times when someone says “God bless you, we do not answer the way we are supposed to.
Proverbs 16:22a- “Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it…”
The reason we do not answer the way we are supposed to is because we don’t understand it. For many that use it, we use it like a “Good morning” message; like our everyday word of greeting. We are too familiar with the word that we lose the effects.
James 1:25- “But when you look into God’s perfect law that sets people free, pay attention to it. If you do what it says, you will have God’s blessing. Never just listen to his teaching and forget what you heard”
We need an understanding of the word “God bless you” so we can receive what it contains. Words we say are containers, the bible says the word of God is spirit and they are life. When someone says “God bless you “what does he/ she mean? Many times when the pastor says “God bless you”, you do not even respond anymore. I like to tell you today, the best thing any Christian can say to you is “God bless you”.
Heb. 4: 12- “God’s word[a] is alive and working. It is sharper than the sharpest sword and cuts all the way into us. It cuts deep to the place where the soul and the spirit are joined. God’s word cuts to the centre of our joints and our bones. It judges the thoughts and feelings in our hearts”.
Gods’ word is powerful”. In Numbers 6: 22-28, God specifically told Moses and Aaron to bless the children of Israel. This is because of the importance of the word.
The word bless in Greek is the word “Makarios”- meaning happy, In Hebrew termed “Berakha”- meaning praise or gift.
There are 7 different meaning of “God bless you” from the Hebrew and Greek meaning of bless.
When someone says God bless you; they are wishing and praying God will grant you supreme happiness. The source of happiness is happenings around you. The person is therefore wishing that happenings around you will be favourable and make you happy. Psalm 40:16- “But may those who come to you be happy and rejoice. May those who love being saved by you always be able to say, “Praise the Lord!”
Note that happiness is different from joy. Joy is what God gives. Happiness is based on what is happening around you. When someone is wishing you Gods’ blessing, they are simply saying, it is my prayer that happenings around, your circumstances, events around you makes you happy.
When someone says “God bless you”; they are saying, may you experience the warmth of Gods’ good pleasure. There are 2 things you can experience from God. The heat of God’ wrath and the warmth of Gods’ good pleasure. When someone is pleased with you; something warmth come from them. Prov. 16: 7- “When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. When you understand the meaning of the words you respond differently with an understanding.
When someone says “God bless you”, they are saying; may the lord make you large. It is a beautiful thing to be enlarged by God. They are saying may you be magnified.
Joshua 3: 7- “And the LORD said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses.”
When God blesses a man, he becomes larger than life.
God bless you also means, may God connect you to sources that are in exhaustible. Some of you, your business is where it is because you haven’t been connected to an inexhaustible source. With an inexhaustible source, wherever you go there will be a need for the gift you carry. All you need is to be connected by God. The reason we have a human body is not because of the skeleton but the connection (i.e. the joints) to help the locomotive force, makes up the human body. At times all you need is to obey just one person who has the Master key.
God bless you also mean that the footprints of God and finger prints of God be transparent in your life. A man of God I used to know, doesn’t pray too much he just says “ Be blessed” . He believes in that phrase is everything and all you need. I pray for you today “God bless you”, that your life be a reflection of Gods’ glory. In some peoples life is the finger prints of the devil such as unemployment, trouble, barrenness, brokenness, and lack of progress.
John 10: 10- “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly”.
The fingerprint of God is evident and should be evident in every Child of God. He says in Isaiah 60:1 “arise and shine for your light has come and the glory of God is risen upon you”. When people look at you, they should know you are serving a living God –
Psalm 5: 12- “For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield”.
When some says God bless you, they are saying may you be empowered to prosper. For many years, we have been told prosperity means money but blessing in the Hebrew word means YOLO – to enjoy life. God wants us to be empowered in order to enjoy life. To be free from problems and be able to handle challenges. Most of us need to be empowered; we need help with our jobs, our career, our finances, our relationships and homes.
Psalm 108:12- “Give us aid against the enemy, for human help is worthless”. Everyone needs help one way or another.
“……A man once got home and lifted up his wife unto God, the wife asked why, he said Pastor says when we get home we should lift our problems unto God…”.
Finally, when someone says God bless you, they are saying may you fortunate. It means may you not be in the wrong place at the wrong time. I know what it means to be fortunate. Remember the 9 /11 incident of the world trade centre; I flew that same aircraft to New York 2 days before. When you hear about people dying under certain conditions but it could have been you, you know you are fortunate.
Psalm 37:33- “The Lord will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged”.
Psalm 91:16 – “With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”.
Mark 11:23- “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith”.
Today I say “God bless you “.
Now that you know what it means to be blessed? Why do you think God wants to bless you?
So that he can show you his love, goodness and concerns for us, there is a song we used to sing. “I have seen the Lords ‘goodness is mercies and compassion….”. He wants to show us He is a good God. Some people when something bad happens, they think God has left them or doesn’t love them anymore. Isa. 49: 14-16- “But Zion said, The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.”
Note: Psalm 45: 9, Psalm 199:16
God intends to bless us because of the state of the world – 2 Timothy 3:1- “….that in the last day’s perilous times shall come…” Since I became a Christian I have never known what is happening in Egypt, this is because God shows himself. In the midst of drought that is when we need the rain. Massive droplets cannot keep you during draught. You need showers of blessings. The economy of the world will never improve, there was a time £1 = $2 as at yesterday £1=$1.2. Don’t be afraid of famine, remember what happened to Isaac in the midst of famine Genesis 27 .. “And the Lord blessed Isaac…”
Also, He blesses to make you recover from your wasted years. When you look at your background, you have suffered a lot. You know what you have gone through. God will and wants to compensate you. Some of you have been in this country and you have been doing one job or the other that does not equate to your degree because of your immigration status, some of you have been waiting for years to have kids. God says He will bless you; He will restore your wasted years.
God intends to bless you so that your life will get the attention of people. Showers of blessing bring about thunderous noise. It makes sounds. Nobody noticed Joseph until he was blessed by God.
Finally, God blesses so we could end up the way He wants. . Today I pray for you “God bless you”
So anytime someone says God bless you answer with an understanding and receive the blessing.
God Bless You.
The sermon, Why God Sends Showers of Blessings, by Revd George Adegboye, Founder of RHEMA Chapel Worldwide, was delivered on July 16th, 2017 on the occasion of the 11th Annual Conference.