I love when other people are happy.
Most of the time. 😊
Young people celebrating their marriage…
Their first home together…
Their first child…
People celebrating their new jobs…
Our parents celebrating their milestone anniversaries…
Their children’s successful careers and successful lives..
Friends are thankful for benign tumors and many years of good health…
And somewhere along the way, most will say something about how blessed they have been.
And they ABSOLUTELY have been that!
However, there is also no doubt that all people have seen some form of pain or trouble, too.
Often, people will exclaim that “God is so good” during those times of ease in all kinds of different ways.
Why is this so common?
I mean, it’s EASY!
It’s as easy as breathing to be thankful when your life is going just the way you’d planned, or better.
And honestly, we SHOULD be thankful then.
We SHOULD be thankful to not have to go through something excruciating.
We should ALWAYS be thankful for that!
But that’s not what makes a blessing (the result of being blessed) so beautiful.
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
These verses rip at my heart a little everytime I read them, and I’ll show you why. Here’s what I see when I read it…
I see what causes a person to be “poor in spirit”…
What causes a person to “mourn”…
What causes a person to “hunger and thirst for righteousness”…
What causes a person to become “merciful “…
And so on…
Why would anyone who is poor in their spirit ever be blessed???
Because Jesus promises them the Kingdom of heaven.
Perhaps no one ever really fed you with life-giving affirmations, or all you ever received from the people who were supposed to love you was anything BUT!
But because of Jesus, that is not the end of your story! You may have always been found flat-broke when it comes to being loved, being KNOWN, or being SEEN.
But yours truly is a rags-to-riches story! And someday soon, you will be SO VERY VERY RICH.
You are very blessed!
And why in the world would you ever be blessed if you have hungered and thirsted for JUSTICE?
Because the Word promises YOU WILL BE FILLED!
This word “filled” in the Greek translation means “to be fulfilled, to complete, filled up, be accomplished, to be made right.”
This is so beautiful, because I know of whole RACES and ethnicities who are simply STARVING for justice. Their dried and cracked lips are so very parched for a taste of things to be made right.”
And Jesus promises fulfillment,
And even COMPLETION!
And how could one who mourns ever be blessed?
He promises comfort for those who grieve. In Exodus 33, there is the story of Moses, who had the unique opportunity to “see the back of God”.
No one else could ever say that, but those who have had to face the sorrow of losing a loved one can ALSO know the intimacy of God drawing near to us, and one day…
Wiping away our tears with His own Hand! (Rev. 21)
A well known worship leader once said, ” In order to obtain the peace that passes all understanding, you’ll need to be put in situations where you don’t understand.”
I think that way of thinking is so often true of the most eternally good things for which we pray and hope.
Why would we ever want comfort unless we were in pain?
Why would we ever desire the riches of Glory unless we had been without it for as long as we could remember?
Why would we ever desire COMPLETION, WHOLENESS, EQUALITY, unless it had always been denied to us?
Life on earth is simply not fair.
Unfair things befall ALL of us, eventually.
Or FEELING blessed really shouldn’t be reserved for those whose families are whole or whose bodies are healthy, or who have not been egregiously wronged.
Personally, I find it’s often very challenging to consistently remind myself how blessed I am even when I feel all alone…
Even when I’ve been wronged by others…
Even though my body doesn’t always cooperate.
But these verses promise me
And an eternity filled with
God’s glorious riches!!
How could I ever despise even the worst of circumstances, especially if what it brings me