How often do we say “God bless you” and mean it?
I once was in a relationship and got used to texting “luv u…amping” (I love you. Take care.) when saying goodnight. But when it ended, I found it awkward to say it when we text. It was replaced with “God bless”, but I didn’t really mean it.
I think it was just out of my desire to say something very intimate but I just can’t. So I’m just left with “God bless you”.
Later on I realized that the phrase is not just a substitute for well-wishes. In fact, it is one of the best wishes that we can ask from the Divine Providence.
The LORD Himself instructed Moses to tell Aaron and the priests how to bless the children of Israel:
This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them:
“The LORD bless you and keep you;
The LORD make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The LORD lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.
So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.
Are you guilty of saying “God bless you” without meaning it? I am, a lot often before.
But now, I make it a point to mean it whenever I say it. I think it’s better than saying “I love you”, for what is my love? God’s blessing—His protection, guidance and presence—is something only He can offer.
God bless you!