May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face to shine upon us, Selah
that your way may be known on earth,
your saving power among all nations.
—Psalm 67:1-2 (ESV)
Blessings fall like rain, not missiles. The immediate power of a missile may be more impressive, but the rains’ power is the more impactful. The missile hits, and its power is soon exhausted. The rain falls, and its life-giving impact continues on for ages. Because of the rain, a fruit seed germinates, a man is later nourished by that seed, that man then works to provide for his family, his nurtured son finds a cure for some disease, many are then healed. Blessings fall like rain. Blessings are not a zero sum game. When someone else is blessed that does not mean you’re not. When God blesses the farmer, others eat, and even more benefit from those others eating. When God blesses one man on this earth He blesses them all. When God blesses Abraham, He blesses the world. Not all know God’s saving grace, but all men know varying degrees of common grace on this earth because of God’s saving grace. When God blesses His people, they are the light and salt of this earth; the earth benefits from their being blessed.
We’re saved to the praise of God’s glorious grace. Grace need not fall directly on us for us to rejoice in it or benefit from it. Grace is often like fireworks. It’s when it goes off over there, that you can most behold its glory. Our joy should be in the magnifying of God’s grace, so that wherever it falls we rejoice, “Look, more amazing grace! There, there, and there too.” When God’s grace falls on others, do not be jealous for self, but zealous for God.