“God has blessed us”.

Ps 67:7 GNB

There used to be a hymn, well known to our ancestors, that went, “Count your blessings, name them one by one. And it will surprise you what the Lord has done”. When most Christians do count their blessings – an extraordinarily good thing for a believer to do – they feel a deep sense of gratitude to God. But a true believer knows that God’s blessings are not limited to what we might call the material things of life.

We thank God for the nature round about us – the beauty of the mountains, the grandeur of the rivers, the stately dignity of the trees, the relief of the rain that comes to water the earth and fills the dams to provide us with household cleansing and drinking water. We thank him too, for the wheat, corn and vegetables that provide us with sustenance. Also, among these blessings of nature are the animals providing us with meat and proteins – beef, pork, mutton and chicken. Then there is the produce such as milk, cheese, eggs and leather.

But all these natural blessings point us and direct us to the bigger dimension. The greatest blessing of all is the salvation that Jesus Christ has brought for us, the new birth, the forgiveness of sins, the spiritual renewal and the work of the Holy Spirit with in us. It is he, the Holy Spirit, who points us to Christ, calls us to discipleship, grooms us in holiness and enables us to grow in grace and in love. Insofar as we become able to do Christ’s work to glorify him and to build up his church – these too are blessings, unsought but part of his work in us.


Lord, continue to work within me and make me a blessing.


Lord, I pray for those Christian believers who try to read their Bibles on a daily basis. Help them to understand the explanations provided in the notes they use, and to apply them in their daily lives. Give them your Holy Spirit to expose the biblical truth. I ask it in Jesus’ name. AMEN


I.B.R.A. Readings

Luke 2:25–38

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