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.
Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered Hebrews 5:8
Learning is something that everyone needs to do. People have to learn how to do many different things. It starts as a baby and continues for the rest of one’s life.
The process of learning is sometimes very easy and other times very difficult. Many times it is often a process of trial and error.
In order to learn, one must be willing to discipline himself to hold to a certain way of doing something. It takes one to put aside old ways and doing something new or different.
The author of Hebrews Jesus as the Son of God, yet, points out that He had to learn obedience. This obedience was learned by suffering.
No one really wants to suffer. Suffering often portrays a bad connotation and people often avoid it. In the process of learning something new, there is always an element of suffering or pain. The suffering is giving up old ways, putting aside fun to learn, and staying motivated when it looks rough.
Every believer is supposed to be in complete, perfect obedience of God. Learning to do this is a process of going through difficult times…suffering. It is putting of self and focusing upon what God wants, rather than what self wants.
The more one can put aside selfish desires and do what God wants, the more he learns to be obedient towards God. He begins to realize that everything God has for him to do is for his benefit and to build His kingdom.
Since God is infinite, there is never an end to learning to be more obedient towards God. There will always be something new to learn and trust God in. God will always bring a believer to new levels.
When struggles come your way or you need to give up something, realize it is a training ground for your faith in God. Do not lose faith and give up on God when struggles come, but grow in your faith and obedience towards God.
Allow God to build you into the man or woman of faith that mirrors the image of God. Discipline yourself to say no to your own selfish desires and yes towards what God has for you.
The suffering that you are going through is only light and momentary in light of the eternal life that is to come and the lessons being learned.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will learn to obey God in every area of life; that you will allow God to teach you obedience; that you will trust God in everything; and that learn as Jesus learned.
Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. Hebrews 2:18
Many people who are struggling with something are also often looking for help to overcome the struggle. They want to be able to get past whatever the problem is and is willing to seek help.
There are thousands of different self-help books on nearly anything and everything that a person may want help in. Yet, many will also refuse to look for the help that is available to them. They want to do it completely on their own, even though they are failing at it.
After pointing out who Jesus is, the writer points out that Jesus also suffered every time He was tempted. Since He suffered under temptation, He is able to help anyone suffering under temptation.
While the world really does not care about temptation to sin, the believer recognizes it and tries to overcome the temptations. Many believers fall to the temptation, because they are unwilling to seek help or to take the escape plan that is available to them.
Pride tells a believer that he can do it on his own, but God’s word says that everyone needs help. Jesus had undergone some of the greatest temptations that any person could possibly go through, yet, He did not fall to the temptation and sin. He had to suffer in the body and mind in the process of overcoming the temptations.
Since Jesus had overcome temptation, He is able and willing to help everyone who is also struggling with temptation. Jesus used God’s word to overcome the temptations in His life and the believer can use it also.
When the believer looks at the life of Jesus and sees that it is possible to overcome temptation, it can give him hope and strength to do it himself.
As with every person, you also have temptations that come your way trying to get you to sin against God. Turn your focus upon God and His word and seek His Holy Spirit to guide you in the path away from the temptation. Do not allow yourself to succumb to the temptation, but overcome it, just as Jesus did.
Jesus had perfect victory and is willing to show you the way to have that same victory over temptations.
Are you willing to overcome the temptations? Or you are just going to give into the temptations?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will turn to God’s word for guidance; that you will accept help from Jesus to overcome temptations; that you will reject all temptations to sin against God; and that you will live as Jesus lived.
Therefore encourage one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:18
All over the world there are messages of doom and gloom. There is sickness, pain, suffering, wars, disasters, death and more. With all of these things, there appears to be no hope with only a future of death.
The world is in a panic mode trying to solve the issues of the world dying. Despite all their solutions, they are still failing to gain the peace that they are seeking. No one is able to encourage anyone else, because there is no lasting hope that is available doing things the way the world does.
Paul tells the people to encourage each other with the words he has given, that there is a hope that is eternal.
As the world does not understand death and fears death, the believer does not have to fear death. Even all the suffering that the world fears, the believer does not have to fear it.
Every person will have times of suffering in his life, whether he is a believer or not. And with the exception of two people, every person will ultimately face death some day in his life, whether he is a believer or not.
The difference for a believer is that he has hope in either circumstance. One can know that despite the painful suffering in the moment, it will come to an end. He can also know that death is only the doorway into eternal life.
There will come a day when Jesus returns and takes all who have believed in Him to heaven with Him, removing all pain and suffering for the rest of eternity.
As believers, each one should encourage each other with these words, that there is a future hope, no matter what the world is saying.
Recognize in your own life that there will be problems and sufferings as long as your are alive on this earth. There will also be death all around you and one day will include you.
Instead of living in fear of the suffering and death, live your life for God. Be encouraged, knowing that all of these things are temporary. Death may take you today, but Jesus will come to give you back eternal life.
As you are encouraged by these words of hope, be an encouragement to others. Remind them of what they have or can have in Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will be encouraged by knowing the future you have with God; that you will encourage others with the hope of eternal life with Jesus; and that you will look forward to an eternal life with God.