Today we live in a world with so much pain and suffering and ungodly behaviour is being manifested all the time. In bad times like these, it is easy for people to blame God for what is happening to the people. The insurance industry calls storm damage “an act of God” which is ridiculous and absurd. Because we live in a fallen world and the consequences of sin are manifested everywhere we need to understand God’s truth. Two scriptures have caught my attention and I want the truth of those verses to impact me. John 3:17 says “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved”. And Acts 8:26 which says “To you first, God, having raised His servant Jesus, sent Him to bless you”. Contrary to what some churches teach God is not a God who waits or desires to punish us. It is true at the end of time we will either be rewarded or punished because all have to give an account of how we lived. Before we go any further it is important to understand what the Bible definition of being blessed is so that when we read the word blessed we understand its meaning. The dictionary defines blessed as “To invoke God’s favour, to make happy, to be Holy consecrated. The AMP Bible says that “ Blessed – happy, to be envied and spiritually prosperous ( That is, with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favour and salvation, regardless of their outward condition). When we look at these definitions it is obvious that the Bible is talking about a spiritual purpose, not a physical event. As I have thought about this it has become clear to me that I have miss used the word blessing. >From this, it has become apparent that I have been missing the blessing of the Lord because I was looking in the wrong place – God is working in my spirit and this becomes hard to explain because it is hard to describe a spiritual experience with our natural intellect. Because being blessed is a spiritual experience, there are times when because we are looking in the natural we miss the changes that the Lord is doing in our spirit. We notice that at the start of Jesus’ ministry He took His disciples up on a mountain away from the crowd and began to teach them without distraction. His teaching is called The Sermon On The Mount and is recorded in Matthew chapter 5-7, and the first thing He taught is called the beatitudes found in Matthew 5:2-12 and is all about the circumstances of life in which we experience being blessed. For Jesus to commence His teaching with how to be blessed I believe that we should place the same importance in our lives and understand how to live a life that is blessed. It is so important that we experience God’s favour in all aspects of our living. It is good to be reminded that God’s way is the only way for us to live. When we try to live to please ourselves we turn our back on God. This year let us not be side-tracked by what is happening around us in the world and rest in the fact that God is a good God.