In The movie “A Few Good Men” actor Jack Nicholson plays the role of a despot high rank officer named Nathan R. Jessep. He is in charge of the ground forces in Cuba. Col. Jessep is brought to court by Lt.Daniel Kaffee, played by Tom Cruise. The pure interrogation puts in risk Kaffee’s career and seems to go almost no where as Jessep has a logical and strong answer for every question. He apparently enjoys the embarrassment and distress Kaffee is undergoing in front of the judge, the jury and all the rest present in the hearing. As a spectator I am feeling the tension and my hands are sweating. I am kind of edgy. But of all the things said during the case and specifically during the examination and confrontation of Jessep and Kaffee, there is one that gets my attention. When asked why the Colonel felt the need to transfer a soldier in training out of the base, Jessep replied he thought his life might be in danger; to which Kaffee adds in question form: “great danger?” As arrogant as a person can be, Jessep responds with another question: “IS THERE ANOTHER KIND?”
This is not a movie review. It’s Jessep’s question that comes to my mind every time I hear a report in church of a conference, camp, evangelistic campaign or any other activity. Brothers and sisters that have attended wish to make emphasis on how good the event was by saying that “it was of great blessing”. I don’t want to be haughty, but scriptural and ask “Is there another kind?” It troubles my mind that once we add the adjective “great” to the noun “blessing”, the consequent thought is that there must be categories in the “blessing catalog” of God. There must be: small-trivial, medium-normal, large-great and super extra ones reserved for the holiest and God’s favorite children. To my understanding the Bible teaches of spiritual and material blessings. The believer in Jesus Christ has no need to plea for spiritual blessings. They have been given to us IN HIM (Eph. 1) and we should consider them all “great” for have no equal. When it comes to material blessings, God can choose to multiply them according to our obedience or to his sovereign purposes and grace. they can vary in quantity, but not in quality.
Today is “Yom Kippur” (Day of atonement). I can join the celebration for my sins have been covered with the blood of the Lamb of God.
Call me “Baruch” which means “BLESSED”. I am a recipient of blessings every day and everything that comes from My God and Father is good, perfect and no less than GREAT! (James 1:17).
ALL GOD’S BLESSINGS ARE GREAT.