Matthew 5:3 “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 satisfied. ESV
If you are like me, you do all you can to avoid trouble. I do not like to experience trouble, nor do I enjoy discussing it. As soon as I hear of a problem, I look for some way to fix it.
Yet sometimes trouble can be good for us. James writes –
James 1:2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. ESV
I once read that ‘a trial is not a trial unless it makes you want to quit.’ (Paul Freed) God sometimes allows us to be pushed to the point of where we want to quit. It is during those crucial moments that we have to make an important decision. ‘Am I going to quit, or am I going to trust in God?’ Though such times can be very painful, they can also be very productive. James tells us that the testing of our faith produces spiritual endurance. A mature believer is not necessarily someone who has memorized a lot of verses of scripture. A mature believer is someone who has internalized what he has learned. God’s logos has become his rhema and the source of his strength.
Consider these four principles the Lord said to His disciples –
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Not, ‘blessed are those who are proud and self-sufficient’, but, ‘blessed are those who are broken and in need of God, for to them belongs the kingdom of heaven.’
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Not, ‘blessed are those who live a care-free life and have no need of God’, but, ‘blessed are those who need God, for God Himself will come to give them comfort.’
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Not, ‘blessed are those who are rude and run over the top of others’, but, ‘blessed are those who are kind and gentle, for God will one day give them the earth.’
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. ESV
Not, ‘blessed are those whose lives are filled with the things of this world’, but, ‘blessed are those who are hungry for God, for God will feed them with the good things of heaven.