What is a blessing? The Google definition of a blessing is to be in God’s favor and protection; and this comes about by receiving something which is beneficial for the recipient, for which the recipient is grateful. The word used in the New Testament to denote blessed or being in the state of receiving blessings, is ‘makarios’, which means to be placed in a position where everyone can see the favor of God in your life. But sometimes we do not see the blessing when it comes. In fact, sometimes, we do not even acknowledge that which we are blessed with, to be a blessing, hence the phrase, ‘blessing in disguise’. But can a blessing be in disguise? Does our Father hide His blessings? Or is it just that we do not see it, because that is not what we are looking for?

“Now when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea; and He was alone on the land. Then He saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by. And when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed it was a ghost, and cried out; for they all saw Him and were troubled. But immediately He talked with them and said to them, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” Then He went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled. For they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened.” Mark 6:47-52

This is a famous passage of scripture, Jesus walking on the water. In fact, of the three accounts, the most famous is probably Matthew’s, in which he details for us Peter’s walking on the water with Jesus as well. But Mark’s account is the only one that reveals to us that the heart of the disciples was hardened.

They had just witnessed a miracle, a blessing, because, in John’s account, even though they had been rowing with much effort and getting nowhere, once Jesus got into the boat, the immediately reached their destination.

“Then they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going.” John 6:21

So likewise, when we receive Jesus into our situation, when we turn our challenges to Him, once He gets into the same boat as we are, our boat will immediately be at the land where we were initially toiling to get to and all this will be without our own effort, because Jesus does it for us.

And we would think that like us, the disciples would be overjoyed and in awe of the miracle that Jesus performed and be aware of the love He had for them now would we not? Because that is how we would have felt, what we would have realized, right? But strangely enough, the disciples’ heart was hardened. Why?

“For they failed to consider or understand [the teaching and meaning of the miracle of] the loaves; [in fact] their hearts had grown callous [had become dull and had lost the power of understanding].” Mark 6:52 [AMPC]

So what is the teaching and meaning behind the miracle where Jesus fed the five thousand?

“As Jesus landed, He saw a great crowd waiting, and He was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things.” Mark 6:34

The first thing that we need to realize is that our Father has compassion for us, because we are lost. We may not seem lost to ourselves, but that is because we see our situation through the lens of the world. But if we consider our situation based on this verse,

“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” Mark 8:36

We will begin to see things from Jesus’ perspective, see the pointless and fruitless rowing that we have been engaged in, toiling over and realize just how lost we are and how much of His leading we need.

“But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”” Matthew 14:16

The next thing we need to realize is that Jesus wants to feed us. He does not want to have us go away hungry and have to fend for ourselves, He wants to supply so that we can always be close to Him.

Then of course we need to realize that not only does He want to supply, He can supply, and will supply more than we could ever ask for, more than what we think we need to be satisfied. For it is written

“So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained.” Matthew 14:20

So if the disciples had in mind those three things; that Jesus had compassion on them and would not will them to be in such hard and effortless labor, that Jesus wills to supply them with their hearts’ desire, and that Jesus is able to supply, then while they would still be in awe, but they would not be amazed beyond measure, and recognize that the miracle was an extension of Jesus’ love for them.

In the same way then, when we recognize that our Father had compassion on us, wills to supply us and is more than able to over supply our needs, we will then be able to see our blessings when they come, for the apostle Paul tells us,

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2

We need to stop looking at things from man’s perspective, and see things from our Father’s perspective. That is what Paul means by not being conformed to the world, but transformed by the renewing of the mind. But what is God’s perspective? How do we know that we are looking at things from His perspective?

“Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].” Romans 12:2 [AMPC]

The Amplified Bible tells us that we are to look away from the external and superficial customs of the day. Look away from things which are temporal, which will pass away, and look instead at things that are eternal, that are of eternal significance and weigh the things which we receive against those scales. As it is written,

“Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” Colossians 3:2

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6: 19-21

That is the new ideal and attitude to which the apostle Paul was referring.

This means that the promotion you are longing for, though good in the eyes of the world, may put you in a position which takes away your peace of mind. The windfall that the lotto ticket brings, though good in the eyes of the world, may tempt you to things which would bring you away from the side of our Father. That partner you are chasing, though virtuous in the eyes of the world, may not complement and enrich you as perfectly as the one our Father has purposed for you.

And when you begin to realize that, when you look at it from those lenses, then you will be able to discern the things that come and therefore prove, to yourself, what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Beloved, remember that Jesus has said that for us who believe,

“Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.” Matthew 13:11

So let us not be as the world is, because to them, Jesus says,

“Hearing you will hear and shall not understand,
And seeing you will see and not perceive;
For the hearts of this people have grown dull.” Matthew 13:14-15

We who believe are different. He loves us, has compassion for us, wants to supply our every need and is able to supply more than what we can imagine. Beloved, our Father does not hide His blessings. We just need to learn to look at our lives from His perspective, then we will be able to see each and every blessing that He supplies and prove to ourselves just how much our Father loves us.

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