“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose trust is the Lord” (Jeremiah 17:7).

In economically advantaged societies, “blessed” is a loaded term; blurring the lines between those who are and those who are not. The affluent, those who are well networked, that hold positions of power and influence will often make the claim (and others will ascribe it to them as well) of “blessed” to acknowledge their privileged opportunities. While their intended meaning of “blessed” is unclear; whether a gift for which one is thankful, or a reward that is deserved, the implication of this common usage is that those who lack such advantages are not blessed. Biblically, however, such socioeconomic comparisons have nothing to do with one’s state of blessedness. Both “the haves” and “the have nots” are blessed only as their trust is in the Lord.

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