Glory Seed Devotional, 2018.04.11

Glory Seed Devotional’s 2018 Experiencing Jesus, the Prelude to Life

The Beatitudes – A lifestyle for God’s Kingdom on Earth…

Shalom!

“God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4, NLT)

Does Jesus mean the “squeaky wheel” gets the blessings?

Does Jesus mean “crybabies” will be blessed?

Is Jesus telling us that God listens only to them who cry long and loud enough?

The answer is “yes” to those who have only a surface relationship with God but those with a deep/intimate relationship with God understand Jesus to mean something deeper and more powerful. There is a tendency to think of mourning as feeling sorry. Those who are in mourning at the loss of a loved one are often seen as feeling sorry for themselves.

For me mourning is not an emotional response although it may begin in the emotions, but it goes much deeper reaching deep into our spirits. Luke in the 19th chapter of the book bearing his name provides us with an example of what it means to mourn. “But as they came closer to Jerusalem and Jesus saw the city ahead, he began to cry. ‘I wish that even today you would find the way of peace. But now it is too late, and peace is hidden from you.’” (Luke 19:41 – 19:42, NLT)

Out of his genuine concern for those living in Jerusalem, Jesus mourned (grieved) for them because he not only knew what was going to happen, he also knew what would not happen for them. As a parent there are things we experience that we’d like to pass on to our children so they can learn from our mistakes but when they choose not to follow our advice we mourn for them because we know what awaits them. I believe that is what Jesus meant when he said, “God blesses those who mourn.”

If God Blesses those who mourn in what ways do his Blessings manifest themselves? The first Blessing God gives us is the Blessing of “Not Giving Up”. As Jesus looked over the city knowing what would happen he could have given up but he didn’t give up, so God did not give up on him and Blessed him with the strength to face the cross. The “Not Giving Up” Blessing also includes those of us who are parents as we continue to love and bless our children. It is an unfortunate truth there are parents who do give up on their children, “they made their own bed let them lie it,” they often say. However, the cast away children are cast out from God’s heart.

In short to truly mourn is not only an end but also a new beginning. A new beginning with God! And God says to each of us, “I will not give up on you therefore do not give up on me, yourself, or on others!”

Father God, into Your Hands I entrust my spirit!

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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“Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.”

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