But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. Matthew 13:16
Seeing and hearing can sometimes be a challenge. There are pictures made with thousands of little dots. If one looks at it closely, he is unable to see what the picture is of. If he stands back and looks, one can then focus on what the picture is about.
The same can go with hearing. Words can be said, but the meaning behind them is often lost on many people. There is often a deeper meaning than just the basic meaning of the words.
Jesus had just told several parables to the people. He then tells the disciples that they are blessed because they can see and hear.
Through the scriptures and every day life, God is always speaking and doing things. God is working in the lives of every person around the world. Most people do not hear or see what God is saying and doing.
The primary reason most do not see or hear is that they are busy with the temporary things of this world. Their focus is only on what is temporary and physical. At times when God is working in their lives, instead of seeing His hand at work, they see it as their own hard work, or pure luck of the draw.
Believers who have allowed their eyes and ears to be opened to seeing and hearing God, will see and hear Him. They will keep their focus upon the things of God, more than the temporary things of the world.
As they read God’s word, they will not just see stories, but they will see how God wants them to live their lives. They will actually see and hear the living and active word of God in their lives.
God is also at work in your life, regardless of where you are or what you are doing. He loves and cares for you more than you will ever know or fully understand.
Seek to see and hear how God is at work in your life and around your life. Do not allow yourself to just go through the motions of life focused upon the temporary things of this world.
As your eyes and ears are open to God and His kingdom, God will be able to do great and mighty things in and through you.
Can you see and hear today?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear what God is saying through Scriptures and His Holy Spirit; that you will see what God is doing in and around you; that you will know the blessing of seeing and hearing God; and that you will allow God to use you to build His kingdom.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4
No matter where a person goes in this world, there is almost someone who is mourning there. They may be openly mourning, to where it can be publicly seen or it may behind closed doors, but many people are mourning.
There can be a thousand reasons as to why the person is mourning. Most often they have recently gone through some tragedy in the life. Or it is out of remembrance of some loss in their past. Usually it is out of personal loss or pain, not that of others.
As Jesus was speaking to the crowds, He tells them how some will be blessed. One group that will blessed and gain comfort are those who mourn.
Mourning is a deep sorrow and weeping over some great loss or pain that is occurring. It is very common for people to mourn their own personal losses, however, this type of mourning can sometimes be a selfish mourning.
While believers may mourn over some personal loss, their heart is for others and the kingdom of God. The believer who has his eyes set upon God and His word, will see the corruption and sin that is rampant in his city, state, region, nation and this world. He will also see the sin that is in his own life.
Along with seeing all the sin, he will also see the pain and suffering that people are going through because of sin. There would be no pain or sickness if there were no sin.
Upon seeing all this sin, he will mourn, crying out to God for forgiveness of all. As he weeps before God, God in His great love, understanding the pain and suffering, and will reach out to him and comfort him.
The believer is weeping, not just for himself, but for others and this world on God’s behalf.
As with most people, you have probably experienced pain or loss. You have also seen it in others that you love and care about.
Keep in mind that all of the pain and suffering is due to sin. Allow yourself to see this world through God’s eyes and mourn the great numbers of people heading to hell because they do not know Jesus. Weep and mourn that people are dying and do not even know it.
God will see and bring you comfort. He will guide you in what you can do today.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will see the world through God’s eyes; that you will mourn over the sin of this world; that you will live a holy life unto God; and that you will feel God’s arms of comfort around you in times of loss and pain.
Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.” Revelation 19:9
Weddings are often a time of great celebrations. Usually family members and friends are invited to be a part of the celebration. It is a time to rejoice in two people getting married.
Although for most weddings a lot of people are invited, not everyone is invited. There are usually restrictions or limitations as to who can be invited. Sometimes it is an extreme privilege to be invited.
John is told by an angel that any one who has been invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb is blessed.
Most marriages are the getting together of two people who are in love with each other. It is a time to celebrate that the two are becoming one.
Throughout scripture the relationship of God with His people, all believers, is one of a marriage. It is an intimate relationship with God through Jesus that every believer has.
The full marriage has not occurred yet. It will happen upon the day Jesus returns to take His bride, the church or believers, home to be with Him for eternity.
Although every one is invited to believe in Jesus, not every one does. In the end, relatively few will actually accept the invitation. Those who do choose to believe in and follow Jesus, will be allowed to be at the marriage supper in heaven.
At this wedding supper a person will begin to see the true blessing of following Jesus. All suffering, pain, hunger, thirst, weariness, hate and sin will be done away with for eternity. Every believer will see God face to face and will be made perfect.
But all of this is only for the believer who has been invited and accepted the invitation to believe in Jesus.
You have been invited to believe in Jesus and follow Him. You have choice each day as to whether you will follow Him or not. Although there may be some temporary pain in following Him today, in the end there will be eternal joy in heaven. You will be blessed beyond measure for all eternity as you choose to follow Jesus.
Ask yourself if you have been invited to the wedding supper of Jesus and the church. Then ask yourself if you have accepted it.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the joy of following Jesus; that God will give you a vision of the marriage in heaven; that you will accept the invitation to the wedding supper of the Lamb; and that you will follow God with all of your heart.
“Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.” Revelation 16:15
A thief does not give warning that he is about to enter a place and steal something. He does it quietly, so as to not get caught. It is to surprise anyone is not awake or alert watching.
No one can stand at their home twenty-four hours a day watching for a thief to enter. So it is very common for people to have cameras and alarms set up on their homes to warn of any possible thief trying to enter.
Jesus states that He will come like a thief. One who is awake and dressed for His return will be blessed.
Unlike a thief, Jesus has stated that He is coming. Like a thief, one does not know when Jesus will return.
The believer needs to remain dressed and alert, watching for His return. Being dressed is being clothed with the righteousness of Jesus, His holiness and purity from all sin.
It is sadly common for many believers to get undressed and walk around in sin. Some think it is acceptable to live in sinful lifestyles, while others think that God does not see it or will forgive them in the end. Both are false lies of this world. Along with being properly dressed, one must also be awake.
To be awake is to be alert to the deception of the enemy and temptations to sin. It is recognizing sin and fleeing from it. It is also being aware of the times and how soon Jesus may return. He recognizes that God sees everything and lives His life in a way that will honor God.
The true believer in Jesus will be ready for His return.
Just as you get up each day and get dressed with physical clothing, put on the righteousness of Jesus each morning. Live your life as Jesus lived His, fleeing all sin and pursuing the things of God.
Remain spiritually awake and alert as to what is going on around you and what God is doing. The world is trying to cause you to trip up and sin against God. Live the holy life God has called you to live.
Ask yourself if you are ready for Jesus to return for you and take you to heaven for eternity. Or will you be exposed?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be clothed in the righteousness of Jesus; that you will choose to be spiritually awake; that you will not be exposed before God as sinful and asleep; and that you will be ready for the return of Jesus.