Some years ago my youngest daughter bought me a journal without inspirational sayings on each page. I decided to write a verse or two until I got tired of it and then wait to pick it up later. Today was my “later,” so I chose the Gospel of Matthew.
When I got to Matthew five, the Beatitudes fit each page beautifully. Something about writing each Beatitude out by hand and pondering them made them more precious this morning.
Matthew 5:3 (NKJV) : “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
I’ve heard it preached that poor in spirit means I need help. It’s humbling to admit I don’t have it all together, but not surprising. No one has it all together. We need God and we need each other. If someone says that’s not so, I would doubt them.
Matthew 5:4 (NKJV) : “Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.”
Jesus Christ as part of the Trinity told His disciples: “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.” That’s found in John 16:7 (NKJV).
In Isaiah 61:1-3 (NKJV) it says, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”
The Holy Spirit is called Comforter, Counselor, Helper throughout the Bible. He was given to us to teach us.
The more I learn of God, the more there is to learn, it seems to me. The book of Matthew is filled with incredible promises and parables that make me think. I used to try and read Matthew 4 – 7 every day, but I got sidetracked with other reading plans. I kept seeing something new, even though I read it often. That’s how the Bible is. 🙂