The new you… comforted
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)
It is probably obvious, but there has to be a need for something before that need can be met. If I am hungry, a satisfying meal will meet my need. If I am full (like after Thanksgiving-dinner full) I do not even want to think about food. Need, and need alone, seeks a provision for that need.
This is Jesus’ promise to us. That if we will put ourselves in a position of need – He will supply the provision to meet our need. In the case of the hurting, being willing to hurt with them, we place ourselves in a position where God’s blessing of provision must meet our need. And not only our need, but the need of the one that is hurting.
The apostle Paul talks about this… God is “the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” (from 2 Cor. 1:3-4)
The comfort we receive comes directly from God… to us. It is divinely-powerful to address our hurt. It comes in endless supply. It touches us in places that can only be touched by One Who knows what hurts – and how much it hurts.
When we open our hearts to those who hurt, we become a conduit of this divine comfort. It comes to us – it works through us – to touch those who hurt.
It goes beyond words. It goes beyond the fact that we are there, reaching out to the one in need. By mourning with those who mourn, we have created the need within us – a need that God has pledged, and is pleased, to satisfy within us.
We see this principle time and again, in Scripture. We are blessed… to be a blessing. We receive… so that we can have something (of value) to give.
So much of true Christian living is placing ourselves in positions where God supplies – and we have something, of divine quality and quantity, to give.
In the case of the hurting, there is a God Who cares – a God Who loves with an infinite love.
The new you understands that every hurt is God’s chance to show that love through His beloved people. This is why those who mourn ARE blessed. God is with them. God is working through them. God is filling them. God is supplying in abundance.
All because they have placed themselves in a position of need…
Prayer focus: God, help me to see the needs all around me – and to invest myself into the needy and hurting – so that Your love can be seen through me.