The Greater Purpose of Blessings

God wants to work through you to impact the lives of others.

Psalm 67:1-7

It is God’s nature to bless. However, we need to understand that His ultimate goal encompasses far more than just our happiness, protection, and prosperity. In fact, it is never the Lord’s intention for His blessings to end with us. Rather, He wants them to flow out to others as part of His plan for the whole earth.

As we can see in today’s psalm, the Lord blesses us so that His salvation, ways, and justice may be known to everyone (Psalm 67:1-4, Psalm 67:7). He is always acting with this larger picture in mind—even while working personally in our individual life.

Knowing this should fill us with an awesome yet humbling sense of significance. Every believer has a part in helping others to know and understand the one true God. Each blessing He gives not only benefits us personally but is also intended to help others.

We should keep in mind, though, that the Lord at times withholds things we want, because they don’t contribute to His higher purpose. But if we’re willing to submit to His plans, we will position ourselves to be used greatly by Him.

When the Lord blesses you, He’s not only doing something for you; He’s also doing something in and through you to affect others’ lives. Ask God how to use His kindnesses to point people to Him.