Monday, October 18, 2010

The Beatitudes

This past week of struggling with sickness reminded me of the beatitudes found in Matthew 5:1-11. When I was a new Christian I struggled with these verses. They basically said that those who suffer, mourn and struggle are blessed.

How is it a blessing to feel wretched? How is it a blessing to go hungry, to suffer loss, to be persecuted? How can I rejoice at those times? It sounded like a foolish declaration by a dreamer. Where was the reality?

God is the reality. He changes everything. When we suffer as Christians we cry out to Jesus. He provides for us. He comforts us. Because of Jesus we gain the kingdom of heaven (v3), we inherit the earth (v5), we are shown mercy (v7), we will see God (v8), and be called His children (v9).

It’s not the pain or suffering or struggles that bless us. It’s the fact that those things draw us closer to God. We cling to Him and cry out for relief, forgiveness, healing, and comfort. Our relationship with God is our blessing. When the focus is on God, we are transformed, the weight of our suffering becomes bearable, and we are blessed.

I'd just like to thank eveyone again for the prayers. I'm still not 100% but I can at last say with confidence I'm on the mend.

18 comments:

Amanda said...

Glad to hear you are getting better Lynda! It seems to be that time of year when all sorts of nasty bugs are going around.

Lovely post... I have always found those scriptures quite intriguing myself. I loved the one where He says, "Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God".

Lynda Young said...

Thanks, Amanda. I love that verse too :)

Just Be Real said...

Something that I need to be reminded in my times of suffering, and that is the opportunity to be closer to God. Thank you Lyn for sharing. Hoping you are feeling better. Blessings.

Lorena G. Sims said...

That was wonderful, I specially like sentence. Thanks for sharing and hope you feel better soon.

Sandy said...

I am always happy to find
that you've posted something
new. I know for a fact that
it's true when we go through
tests and trials we do grow
closer to the Lord.
Glad you are feeling better
now. Sorry you've been so
ill.
Blessings,
Sandy

rosel said...

First of all, it's awesome to hear you're back and praying you're 100% better sister!

I used to think that way, too with the same passage you mentioned. But by God's grace, we know the things of God because of the Spirit!

To know that God offers what is completely opposite to what this world offers, is such a big blessing! I'd rather live with this world thinking I am strange. But not to God! Our Abba Father!

God bless you sister and be strong in the Lord's mighty power!

Rita said...

I am so glad that you are back and that you are feeling better. A time of illness can dampen our spirits, but with His help, we can rise above that time. Praying that you will rise quickly! He is our everything.

Patrina's Pencil said...

Glad you are feeling better. sounds like you had a good case of the 'yukies'. Guess that means you're doubly blessed ...

thanks for taking the time to visit me on the bridge.

Hope this week finds you much stronger.

blessings
patrina
princess warrior <")>><

Connie Arnold said...

Yes, you have captured so well what it's all about in this post, Lynda! Thanks for that reminder.

D.M. SOLIS said...

Dear One,

I'm glad you're doing better. I love the beatitudes. Your experience recently allows you to join with those who suffer in real empathy and to enlighten others in a way compassionate way that might not otherwise be possible. I'm so glad you are honoring this time. Peace and continued good things for you.

Sincerely,
Diane

Carol Riggs said...

Oh look, you're sick on this blog too, how about that. LOL Hope you continue to get better! God bless,
Carol

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

Good word. - We need to keep our focus on God.

Praying that you continue to mend!

Stuff could always be worse said...

We do need to keep reading these verses. I agree focus on God.
kim

Lynda Young said...

Thank you thank you so much for your well wishes and prayers. They mean so much to me.

L'Aussie said...

Hey Lynda, I hope you're feeling so much better now. Who can explain so many things in our lives? Only God..:)

Sharon Kirby said...

Glad to hear you're feeling better!!

I loved this line: "Our relationship with God is our blessing." Isn't that the truth?! Give me Your Presence, Lord - all else pales in comparison, for He changes everything.

GOD BLESS!

Lynn said...

I'm happy to hear you are feeling better. "He changes everything." I needed to reminded of that today. Thank you.

sarah said...

Lynda you hit it right on....He does change everything. He makes it so even if everything is falling apart...there's that thread of hope...if He's in it....everything will eventually turn out okay. Glad you're feeling better. Take gentle care.