When we refer to being blessed, we usually mean that we have received an unexpected monetary windfall; or, that we have received something that we have prayed or hoped for. Yet, when the Bible speaks of a blessing, it refers to innate joy, peace, and Divine favor. For most of us, it is especially apparent when those mountains or hills that ordinarily seem ominous in our lives, are somehow divinely removed for our benefit; or, when the things that were considered smaller obstacles, stimulate the winds of change that blow instead, in our favor. Yet, in today’s verse there are specifics in respect to what it means to be Blessed.
So, take a look at today’s verse again. “For ye shall go out with joy:” This means that when we leave home, we leave with Joyfulness! The kind of joy that is easily seen, shared, and apparent. It means that we are not easily swayed from our Love for others, our Faith in God, and an overall propensity to receive happiness.
Yet, it does not stop there. “-And be led forth with peace:” This means that our hearts and spirits are led forth with a banner of peace! The kind of peace that understands that, no matter what happens in this world, God is still in control. He is in control of the ups and downs of life, the trials and tribulations of this world, and all the inherent “drama” that happens in between.
And, when the verse says, “The mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing: It means that all the obstacles and trials we face will break before us as we see their value in our life. As we learn their meaning to us –their song, we will witness the unfolding value of their lesson as we grow in faith. Most of all, when we read, “And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands:” it means that the fruits, gifts, and bounty out of the Hand of God shall be released unto us in Divine Favor. So yes; a little joy, a little peace, a few good lessons; and an abundant dosage of Divine Favor! That’s what it means to be blessed in today’s verse!
–Just a small reminder, in case you forgot to count all your blessings today! L.
Study Reference: Isaiah 55:12
From: “Your Thoughts: Blessings!” In The Master's Hands: 365 Daily Devotions For Everyday Living.
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