Today’s meditation is from Matthew 5: 1 – 12
Blessed are you. (Matthew 5:11)
The Beatitudes are Jesusâ explanation of what it is to be well-off spiritually: to know Godâs grace and protection and to feel his blessing, even despite what you are experiencing in life. âBlessedâ means happy, or fortunate, and Jesus meant it. He is saying,
âHappy are you who areÂ poor in spirit, you who recognize that life, even all the worldâs riches, is not enough. God has so much more for you, and so you can raise your heart and soul heavenward, and cry, âAbba, Father, I need you!â Blessed are you who know that my Father delights in answering that prayer. It pleases him to give you the kingdom.
âHappy are you whoÂ mourn. Your heart is like my Fatherâs. He saw the men and women he created, the apple of his eye, turn from him. He saw the darkness that crept in because of their sin, and he mourned over the way that darkness obscured the light he made. He mourned, too, as he watched me, his only Son, die in agony. My Father knows what it is to mourn, and he will comfort you. He will never abandon or forsake you.â
âHappy are you whoÂ hunger and thirst for righteousness, for that hunger reveals a desire for me! I am your righteousness, and when you seek me, you will find me. I gave my life for you so that you could find me. I died so that you could live in holiness before my Father. Day after day, I send you my Holy Spirit to lead you in all righteousness.â
We can experience this happiness because God has made our hearts like his; he has set eternity in them. Because our hearts are made in the image of his heart, we also can become as he is: merciful, peaceful, pure, meek, humble, and gentle. He can satisfy us as no one else canâand he delights in doing it! Think about that. It makes God happy to make you happy! He is happy to bestow on you the riches of his kingdom. He is happy to comfort you. He is happy to bring you to maturity as you take on his very nature!
âAll praise to you, Father! When I seek you, I know I will find you. Should I mourn, you will comfort me. You will satisfy my longing for righteousness. Happy am I indeed!â
Other Readings: 2 Corinthians 1:1-7,Â Psalm 34:2-9Â
Culled from:Â https://wau.org/meditations/current/