This year, our GEMS theme is “Be A Blessing” and the Scripture we’re referencing is 2 Cor. 9:8: “God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”
The Word of God says that we are blessed to be a blessing. However, one of the difficulties of living a life centered around serving others is that we are often distracted by our own situations in life, whether it’s going through a storm, preventing a storm, or simply worrying if a storm will come. Either way, when we are consumed by our own circumstances, it can be difficult to direct our hearts to help others. Even though God promises us that if we come to him he will give us rest, we may choose to carry the burden and seek out help elsewhere, which prevents us from blessing others.
If we seek to wait patiently on the Lord, how can we lay our burdens down, with the constant enduring sense that God is for us, and allow HIM to use us to bless others while we wait? This Scripture highlights that God is capable of both changing our circumstances and helping us get through them. God is able. For me, there is so much freedom in this small yet super powerful promise. The biggest trouble with waiting is that we either forget that God is powerful or, perhaps, we never deeply believed it in the first place.
During one of my seasons of waiting, I made room for God by reading the Word every morning. This was life changing! In the Word, I was reminded of a childhood prayer that declared that God is GREAT! I learned that God is able to do far more thank we can ask or imagine (Eph. 3:20), and a friend encouraged me to be “fully persuaded that God had the POWER to do what he said” (Rom. 4:21). While we wait, we must know that God is able to handle what we have entrusted to Him. When we are confident of God’s power, we can be a blessing!