March 23, 2018
I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:
MATTHEW 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
There is much we could say about this subject, and I am sure that we will discuss it many times this year. This passage interest me though mostly because of what is not said. Sometimes you can learn as much from what is not said, as you learn from what is said. We need to use our brain when we read God’s Word, but even more important we must use our heart. Let’s take a closer look.
“BLESSED ARE THEY THAT MOURN”
The Greek word here for mourn means “to grieve”. There is no specific requirement given in this verse to qualify for God’s comfort. God just says, “they that mourn”. There is no mention of why a person might mourn. There is no adjectives given. It does not say they that mourn because of failure, or loss of loved one, or relationship falling apart, or discouraging doctor report. It just says, “they that mourn”. There are many things that can grieve a person. Many things can happen to bring grief into our hearts. Maybe if God had given a specific circumstance, some may thing their grief does not apply. So God makes sure to include every emotion and circumstance. Whatever has caused it, if you are grieving, God has made a promise to you.
“THEY SHALL BE COMFORTED”
God uses the words “shall be” here, not “may be” or “could be”. So it is a promise. It is a commitment. This is not just a passing comment or empty statement. Notice also here what is not said.
God never said “how” He would comfort a person grieving. There is not just one or two things God is limited to. God does not explain the process. God does not share how He will comfort, He just said He would. I don’t know what you may be going through, and I do not know what would help your grief. However, I do know that God does. And whatever it takes to comfort you, God will do it.
God never tells us when. I know when I am grieving, I want to get rid of it as soon as I can. I want to get it fixed. I want relief from it. I want the problem to go away. I want a solution found. But God does not tell us when, He just said He will.
God never said that He would take the problem away. Whatever may be causing grief, sometimes it must stay in our life. Sometimes it is not something that can be fixed or even changed. What God has promised to do, is to comfort us as we go through it. God may not fix the problem, but God can fix you!
Take comfort today. If you are grieving, I am persuaded that he is able to comfort you.