4 God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Matthew 5:4 (NLT)
Welcome to my Beatitude Series. In this verse we shall look at the subject of mourning. Why do people mourn? It is a response to something bad that happened to them. They have lost something they treasure. It could be a thing with commercial or sentimental value, people who they love or a lost opportunity like failing to get a place in Harvard. Welcome to the real world. In this real world we will not only have a lot of opportunities to excel beyond our wildest dreams but also a lot of pitfalls where we get disappointed.
I can safely say here that if you have lived long enough, you would have encountered some of these pitfalls yourself. You have felt sad and disappointed. You might have mourned over some loses you suffered. God is not against us mourning but it is not his will for us to spend the rest of our lives mourning. There must be a time limit for it. We have to pick ourselves up and move on with life.
In the above verse, Jesus tells us that if we are mourning, God will comfort us with his blessings. How is he going to do that? Let us look into it. What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you heard of the word “comfort”? As for me, I will think of soothing words telling people not to be sad and things are going to be all right. Do you think Jesus meant by only that in the above words? If God’s comfort is only about empty words then anyone can be God. What is the use of having an Almighty God when the only thing he can do when we are in trouble is only to say some empty comforting words?
The truth is God’s words are not empty. God’s words have the power to make themselves come true. Let us read another Bible verse on how powerful God’s words are.
10 “The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry.
11 It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.
Isaiah 55:10-11 (NLT)
God’s words are like the rain and snow from the sky. When water falls from the sky in the form of rain and snow, it will eventually go back to the sky through a process called evaporation. However it will not go back without blessing the ground it falls on. When water falls on the ground, it causes the seeds to grow, plants to flourish and quench the thirst of living things. In other words, the water that comes down creates prosperity on earth before it goes up again.
God used this analogy to describe his words. When God gives us his words from the heavens, these words have power of their own to create prosperity into our lives. When we receive God’s words into our lives, we are effectively allowing them to create prosperity in us.
This is how God uses his words to comfort the mourners. Whenever something bad happened to us, the natural tendency is to mourn and feel sorry for ourselves. If we are not careful we may end up joining pity parties where people take turns talking negative and discourage each other in the name of “comforting each other”. This is not God’s way.
When God comforts, he removes the source of our discouragement all together. Whatever you have lost, God can make it up for you. If you have lost a million dollars, God can give you a billion dollars back. If you have lost someone you love, God can give you someone else who is better. If someone you love died, this person is with God in heaven. The truth is, the situation is not as bad as it looks because God is working behind the scenes for your sake. God will make sure that the outcome will be good for you.
The message here is stop living in the past. What is past is past. It is over. We are living in the present for the future. If our present is the product of what we have done in the past, then our future must be the result of what we are doing in the present. Start looking forward. What do you want to be in the future? Go for it. God is always on your side. Even if you hit some roadblocks, you still have God on your side. He will give you a great and glorious future. He is everything you need. He will bless you beyond your wildest dreams. So, start dreaming wild now and see what God is going to do about it. Stop wasting time mourning.