GSFA Devotional: Bread for Our Journey
Trinity 7 (18 July 2021)
TRINITY SEASON: “This is how you are to bless…” (Numbers 6:23-26 )
“This is how you are to bless…”
In this time of pandemic, trouble, desolation, isolation and uncertainty, the best we can do, as God´s servant and ministers, is to bless our people, the Church, and our nations.
The people of Israel, having been so unthankful to God for all He did for them, the Lord showed his compassion and love for them. God himself instructed Aaron in the way He was to bless the people of Israel because He wanted them to be protected and covered under His shadow (Ps.91:1-2) . The blessing that God provided for His people fills all human needs. When the Name of the Lord is invoked, His presence comes: “So they will put my Name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”
The blessing of the Lord gives us:
PROTECTION: “The Lord bless you and keep you”. We, men and women, are not so strong as we think. We are weak and fragile, and we need God´s protection.
MERCY: “the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you”. Day by day, we are failing God, we commit mistakes, we do what we don´t want to do and all this is because of our sinful nature. For that reason, we need God´s mercies in our lives in all moments.
PEACE: “the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.” Peace is not only absence of war. It is a complete spiritual, physical, mental and emotional wellness. Peace helps us to live and share in community and enjoy life.
And the Lord added: “So they will put my Name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.” To bless people is in God´s heart. Blessing is an action of putting God in the lives of the people and invoke His presence on them to be led and comforted by Him day by day.
The blessing of God has promises: Protection, Mercy and Peace. Let´s put the Name of Most High on our families, God´s people and our nations and the word of the Psalmist will be a reality: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me” (Psalm 23:4).
The Most Revd Dr. Héctor (Tito) Zavala
Global South Fellowship of Anglican Churches