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Does God Really Disguise Blessings?

While we cannot see God physically, it is undeniable that God does great things that defy the law of nature.

He works in ways we cannot see, but does that mean God intentionally disguises His work for His people? Let us see what the Bible has to say regarding this matter.

1. Creation speaks for itself.

God is able to do all things. He is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent.He silently works out things in our lives to draw us close to Him. The creation of all things is in itself a huge blessing shouting gloriously about the Great Designer and Life-Giver who is God alone. It is we who actually fail to notice it at times.

Imagine if the sun did not shine for a week, or if it did not rain for a year? Wouldn’t we desire to seek God?

In times of trouble, we call upon God, but we fail to appreciate the events that happen everyday.

John 1:3 (NIV) “Through him all things were made; without Him, nothing was made that has been made.”

Everything that we experience in this world is by God, from Him, and through Him.

2. People in the Bible.

Joseph the Dreamer (Genesis 27) was betrayed by His brothers and was sold to be a slave in Egypt. Later on, he was jailed for a crime he did not commit. Eventually, he became the second-highest in authority next to the Pharaoh (King) in the land of Egypt. A great famine came, which brought Joseph's brothers to Egypt to gather food for their people. Joseph forgave his brothers and finally met his father again after a long time. He told his brothers , "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives" (Genesis 50:20).

Despite the challenges that he faced, his devotion to God never wavered, because he was certain that God had planned everything out. For Joseph, it was clear that this was God's mighty work, not only to put him in a high position, but also for the benefit of Jacob's (his father) lineage.

Job was a wealthy man who lost his children and everything he owned in just a day. He never turned from his faith. He even acknowledged God at his lowest moment in life. He said “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised” (Job 1:21).

In return, God blessed him in ways he never could have imagined.

Blessings are not always in the form of what we usually expect. Changes that happen in our hearts during our struggles are of itself blessings being brewed by God. Are we not blessed if we face trials of many kinds? The Bible says in James 1:2-4, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." God is actually at work in strengthening us so that we can be complete! That is a blessing!

Let us remember that God’s love and the life He gave us are the true blessings. The salvation that He offers through Jesus Christ is in itself a blessing beyond measure to those who believe. Blessed are they who believe and receive Jesus as Lord and Savior. Christ is always waiting for us to welcome Him into our lives.

Now, let us ponder upon the simple things we may have missed that God has been working on in our lives. May we remain thankful for what we can see as well as what we cannot see, for the Lord is good and gracious to us who trust and believe in Him.

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