by John D. Garr, Ph.D.
Far too many people today think of God as a harsh, bitter old man who sits on a throne in a land far, far away, just waiting for an opportunity to judge some poor soul who has violated one of His commandments.
But the true image of the God of Scripture is just the opposite. The Almighty is portrayed in the Bible as a God of love, mercy, and kindness—indeed, He’s the God of blessing.
King David said,
“The LORD is good to all: and His tender mercies are over all His works” (Psalm 145:9).
John declared simply that “God is love” (1 John 4:8), and he maintained that without love it is impossible to know God.
The apostle Paul encapsulated God’s “blessing” nature in these words: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3).
Reversing the Curse
Blessing is implanted into the very fiber of human existence. God’s Word constantly speaks blessing into every life and warns against the curse of sin.
The Bible also makes it clear that all men and women initially are slaves to sin (Romans 3:23, 5:12). David lamented the human condition that had produced his unspeakable sins of murder and adultery: “I was born in iniquity; in sin my mother conceived me” (Psalm 51:5).
The apostle Paul described the pain of sin’s addiction: “The good that I will to do, I do not do: but the evil that I will not to do, that I practice” (Romans 7:19). The record of human history is clear: “There is none righteous, no not one” (Romans 3:10).
God’s Blessing Plan
Since God is the God of blessing, however, He was not content to leave humanity in sin. He refused to dwell on the “original sin” and focused on His own plan for humanity: “original blessing.”
Instead of seeking our condemnation, God “gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). To ensure the fulfillment of His original blessing to humanity, God was manifested in the flesh in the person of His Son (John 1:14) and offered Himself as an atonement for the sins of humanity (Ephesians 1:7).
“Now all who come to faith in Jesus are delivered from the curse of sin, and they enter fully into their Heavenly Father’s blessing!”
God has always been, and He always will be, the God of blessing. His blessings never come to an end. You can depend upon it today: The God of blessing will bless you!