READ: JOSHUA 16-17, DEUTERONOMY 20:16-17, JOHN 5:1-17

When I read todays passage, I instantly thought of the parable “The Healing at the Pool on the Sabbath” {John 5}.  Jesus is by the pool at Bethesda and saw a invalid of thirty-eight years sitting by the pool.  Jesus approaches the man and asks “do you want to be healed?”  The sick man replies out of a focus on his limitations and problems instead of answering His direct question.  The sick man wasn’t seeking God and actually wasn’t proactively seeking anything. He wasn’t trying to get into the healing pools, but rather instead just lounging poolside.  Jesus heals the man even though he doesn’t answer His question.

God doesn’t bless us based on what we deserve!

Ephraim and Manasseh are given their plot of land, their inheritance.  They were discontent and unwilling to do the work necessary to clear the land and make it their home.  They also disobeyed God’s command by not committing the Canaanites to total destruction. Thus, leaving the Canaanites in the land to pose an obstacle in their inheritance — with their many chariots of iron.

“…But in the cities of these peoples that the Lord your God is giving you for an inheritance, you shall save alive nothing that breaths, but you shall  devote them to complete destruction, the Hittites and the Amorites, the Canaanites and the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites, as the Lord your God has commanded, {Deuteronomy 20:16-17, ESV} 

Ephraim and Manasseh were disobedient, discontent, stubborn and lazy.  Much like the invalid at the pool.  The Lord had blessed them with a good inheritance but instead of stepping into their inheritance and embracing it for what it was, they were disobedient and content to focus on the issues they saw around them.

God blessed them despite their worthiness.

Sometimes when our blessings from God don’t look the way we expected or even asked for.  We can compare our wants to what’s given and miss the gift.  When we do that, we can feel cheated or discouraged.  This dissatisfaction can lead to a temptation to rebel against the perfect blessing designed specifically for us, by our Father.  A Heavenly Father whom truth tells us, and we know,  gives good gifts! A Father who is sovereign over everything and abounding in love for us.

God knows what we need even before we need it.   And He blesses us not based on what we deserve but out of an insane love for us that shows no partiality. A love that will never and can never be taken away.

Believe It! – God doesn’t bless us based on what we deserve! – {Amen}.

Trust It! – We are so undeserving of God’s mercy and grace — {His greatest blessing to us!} — but He lavishes it on us anyway! Trust the free give of grace and mercy for you today.

Live It! – Thank you God for blessing us with so much more than we deserve! Walk in a Spirit of gratitude for the blessings of grace and mercy that abound for you each day. 

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BethAnn Foro
BethAnn Foro
Howdy, I'm BethAnn! Founder, Author, Bible Teacher, & Chief Visionary at She Believes Ministries. I love to gather and encourage women everywhere to lean into Jesus and simply BELIEVE HIM! Not just believe in God but truly believe all of Him for our whole life! I'm so happy you are here at SHE BELIEVES, I hope you find encouragement and deep refreshment for your soul through the online pages and faith-based resources at SHE BELIEVES MINISTRIES!

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