A few months ago we were blessed with a new corgi puppy, Bella. She is the cutest dog on planet earth. I’m pretty sure if her ears caught the wind right, she could sail in the sky with them. Her little legs are so short they disappear in the grass, and everything about her is adorable. However, her behavior is a different story. Much like me, Bella has a shoe fetish. There is not a shoe in our home that has not been loved by Bella. In fact, she loved my favorite wedge sandals so much; she decided to eat them. God made her so cute, because he knew how ornery she was going to be! Bella is a huge blessing, but she has come with a weight. We get up in the middle of the night to let her out, we buy new shoes way too often, there are freshly dug holes in our yard, and my morning coffee time has now become a battle between me and Bella over who gets to drink it. Yes, with blessings often come responsibilities. Which begs the question, is it possible to be too blessed?
Is it possible for God to bless you so abundantly you can’t bear the weight? Sometimes it feels that way.
Deuteronomy 14:25-26 says this, “But if that place is too distant and you have been blessed by the Lord your God and cannot carry your tithe (because the place where the Lord will choose to put his Name is so far away), then exchange your tithe for silver, and take the silver with you and go to the place the Lord your God will choose.”
This chapter of Deuteronomy concerns how a person should tithe out of their crops and flocks. They were to bring a portion of the tithe to the temple, and then consume it there, that way they might enjoy it in the presence of the Lord. But if the weight was too much, and the journey was too far, they were to exchange the crops and flocks for silver, then purchase the items to feast on when they arrived.
I realize most of us do not have crops and flocks. We do not tithe in this way. We tithe a percent of our financial blessings. If you are like me, financial blessings do not overwhelm you, but other types of blessings – blessings that come from the works of your hands – can be overwhelming.
For example, I am working on writing a book. I am also working full time as a counselor, not to mention my duties at home as a wife and mother. The weight can seem overwhelming. I found myself whining to God about how I didn’t have time for it all. How did He expect me to write this book when I can’t even get 10 minutes of free time? Then it hit me…I have been praying for years that God would help me write a book. Now it has come to pass, He is blessing me, and I refuse to go to the temple and feast with Him. The weight just seemed too much.
Thankfully we no longer have to travel to be in the presence of the Lord. Because Jesus died on the cross, we are the Lord’s temple. His temple is accessible to us 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We have no excuses to miss out on the feast. To get in His presence and enjoy the blessings. So how do we do this, how do we add one more thing to the list, when we are already overwhelmed?
We make spending time with The Lord our top priority. Other things can wait, even important things can wait, but let us not make God wait. He is the one priority that permeates every other priority. We must choose to spend time with him, not only asking and requesting, but positioning ourselves to feast in thankfulness with Him.
Also, as we feast, we choose to trust Him. If He has provided the blessing, He will also provide the resources for us to manage the blessing. Feasting at His feet, we thank Him for the strength and innovation to bear the responsibilities we aren’t certain we can bear.
Is there an area of your life where you can see blessings, but even taller stand the responsibilities?
Resolve to take time today to feast. I will enjoy my sweet Bella and scratch her big pointy ears. I will place the frustrating portions of my manuscript on His feasting table and thank Him for blessing me with a beautiful message. What will you bring to the table to enjoy with the Lord?
Dear Lord, Thank you for blessings. Thank you for responsibilities that come attached to blessings. When I feel overwhelmed, remind me to come and feast in your presence so that I might remember your all sufficient might and power. Forgive me for the times I haven’t made feasting with you a priority. In Jesus Name, Amen.