Benefits Package

Gary Bird
Psalm 103:2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

One of the last questions that every job interview ends with is, “What kind of benefits package do you offer?” There are so many benefits a company can offer to their team members. There’s health insurance, retirement, matching programs, gym memberships, wellness days off, sick leave, maternity, paid time off, relocation assistance, commuting expense, child-care benefits, tuition reimbursement, disability, dental and life insurance, just to name a few.

Here is the interesting thing. I am always super interested in the benefit package, but over time I just grow accustomed to it and I don’t even look at it as a benefit. I begin to view the benefits as a standard of service. The excitement wears off over time, and my once glorious benefits are now just something I have grown to expect.

The Bible warns us not to forget about all of God’s benefits. The reason for this exhortation could be because we are prone to forget, just like at our place of employment. To remember God’s benefits, we must know what’s in the benefit package. Here are a couple benefits listed in Psalm 103:

● Forgiveness
● Health
● Provision

Think over these for a moment. First, under the forgiveness benefit, we are told that the Lord will “Forgive all thine iniquities.” He doesn’t just forgive some iniquities or small iniquities. The Lord forgives ALL iniquities! We have a God that forgives us in the condition we find ourselves in.

There are no expiration dates, exemptions, small print, or loopholes to be worried about on this policy. If you know God through His Son, Jesus Christ, you are a beneficiary of this benefit! You might lose your job, but this benefit will stand. You might lose your money, but this benefit is sure. This might be the best benefit in the world!

He goes on and reminds us of our health benefits. God is the One “Who healeth all thy diseases.” This is no small feat. This is better than any health insurance you can get at work. If you are alive and reading this right now, it’s because God has given you this benefit that gives you an immune system to fight off diseases! Masks, shots, pills, social distancing, and any other man made contraption won’t stand a chance against the hedge God can put around you!

Lastly, God encourages us to remember the provision benefit. The Bible says God “Satisfies thy mouth with good things.” Think of all the times that God has met your needs. When was the last time you missed a meal? We have access to so much good food and it’s in abundance! This is truly a blessing and not a right. This reminds me of the children of Israel who complained to God for 40 years, yet God made sure to feed them every day and meet their needs. Truly, we serve a gracious God.

If you take a moment and read through Psalm 103, you will see there are many more benefits we can call into remembrance, and each one will bring a smile to your face. Let this thought encourage you and challenge you to remember all the benefits that God has given you! May we not forget the benefit package we have been blessed with.

Gary Bird

Gary and his family are core members of our church. He assists with multiple minsitries. He and his wife Jessica have four children.

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