And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied. “Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. “Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.”
Luke 6:20-23 (ESV)
Maybe you have been wounded for the way you look, the way you dress, your accent, your poverty, your faith in Christ. The last thing we can imagine when we are wounded is that any good can come to our lives as a result. In our frustration and discouragement we may find ourselves weeping, unable to voice the pain that we feel.
Let’s talk for a minute about weeping. I have wept, at times deep and long for my own failures or for the people I love. As a follower of Christ, I have discovered an amazing truth. The Lord comes to me with the most profound comfort, far beyond any human encounter, to lift me from my sorrow. Oh, how blessed I have been! At those moments when I was sure I could never smile again, God restored my joy!
If we think our wounds will be healed through human concern alone, we will never be fully restored. This world we live in will cannot make us whole. Our friends cannot take away the deep scars. Our poverty of soul, our hunger for acceptance, our wounds of rejection will not be resolved. Our tears will continue to fall.
But there is is the good news! There is a balm, and it is found in God alone. We are blessed because the Lord has the power to bless. He holds each life gently, wanting to heal, wanting to give, wanting to show how many blessings He can bestow.
When Jesus said the words found in Luke 6:20-23 to His disciples, He longed for them to understand that the sorrows of this world are turned upside down through Him. In Him alone are our poverty, our hunger, our weeping, our hurt, transformed into eternal blessings, giving us reason to rejoice, and to leap for joy.
We are indeed blessed!