September 1, 2014
“Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.”
- Matthew 5:4
What is God’s Word for me today?
It is appropriate that on today, Labor Day, we are talking about comfort for those who labor and are overwhelmed. Jesus said, “Come to me all you who labor” (Matthew 11:28). Our second step toward happiness is through the avenue of mourning. The Greek word that is used here is the strongest word for mourning in the Greek language. It is the word which is used for mourning for the dead, a passionate lament for one who was loved. In the Septuagint, which is the Greek version of the Hebrew Old Testament, the word is used to describe Jacob’s grief when he believed his son Joseph was dead (Genesis 37:34).
This is the kind of overwhelming sadness that takes hold on a man, so obvious that it cannot be hid. It is the kind of sorrow that hurts the heart, bringing unrestrainable tears to one’s eyes. Jesus is literally saying, amazingly, “Blessed is the man who mourns like one mourning for the dead.” Have you ever mourned for someone like that? Perhaps you are in that kind of pain today. If you are, find hope in the fact that God’s richest blessings have been reserved just for you!
How does this make me become like Him?
The deepest faith in God is the faith that is willing to go through the storm instead of around it. C.S. Lewis wrote The Problem of Pain. In this marvelous work, he described pain as “God’s most unwanted gift.” But it is a gift. Any preacher who says God will keep you from experiencing grief if you have a strong enough faith should have his papers revoked. There will come times in your life when you will cry uncontrollably and suffering indescribably. It is in those moments that you will find God in ways you have never seen him before. Get ready for those moments, because it is then that you will most become like Him.