Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

'And the LORD blessed the house of Obededom, and all that he had.' 1 Chronicles 13:14

Don't we all love being and feeling blessed?

I think the meaning of blessed has changed in our present day. For many of us it means to be happy or to feel special or very content with what one has in life. However, the true meaning of blessing means to be made holy, set apart to God. What we see is the happiness and contentment in a blessed life as a result of this consecration.

This man, Obededom, was very blessed.  People saw how he and all that he had thrived. The reason being that the Ark of the Covenant had come to stay in his home for three months. That meant Obededom was set apart from the people in a particular way. His farm and all that he had was holy to God. He would need to live carefully and consider what went on in his home during that time. It's not every day the Ark comes to stay!

What interests me is the very obvious blessing that came as a result of the Ark. The Ark was only there three months and yet for those three months everything was suddenly better, so much so that his neighbours, friends and in fact the whole nation recognised it. It must have been some blessing! It must have been Obededom's happiest days. When the Ark was eventually moved into its rightful place it must have been with a sense of real joy that this man looked back over those three months and thought about all that had happened for him. 

We often don't like the thought of being set apart to God but we like to be blessed. If we want true happiness it is in being set apart to God that we will find it.

This is a very important principle to learn in life. We think 'getting religion' takes us away from all the joy that life can give. It's actually the opposite! The more we 'find religion', Christ Jesus, the happier we will be.

The Ark represents the presence of God. We are no longer dependant on a physical Ark. We are dependant on the presence of God through our faith in Him. We don't need to have His presence for only three months but for a lifetime. In other words our lives can  be blessed beyond measure for the rest of our days.

So come, accept the  consecration, be set apart to God, and you will find a blessing and happiness in life that will be so evident others will notice and wish they could have it too. Even in the midst of the storms of life you will be aware of His overshadowing presence guarding and guiding you, bringing you and all that is yours to safety.