Focus On God

            Continuing in our series on the Beatitudes, we look at Matthew 5:4[1] . As we look at the first part which refer to those who mourn, we can begin to understand what are some of the things which will make us mourn? We could lose family members, dear friends, a special accomplishment or status in society. We could mourn over the loss of a pet or the persecution we endure for proclaiming and speaking up boldly for our Christian faith and as Wilkins put it “The loss of anything that a person counts valuable will produce mourning…even ones spiritual standing before God.”[2] Also when we are mourning we sometimes can think there is no hope as Wilkins reminds us of Psalm 119:136 which help us in understanding when there is a turning from God. “Streams of tears flow from my eyes, for your law is not obeyed.”[3] We will mourn.

            Isaiah 61:2-3 tells us of the coming Messiah who will comfort us as we mourn, John 14:1 tells us not to let our hearts be troubled, and John 16:20 lets us know that we will mourn and have grief, but it will turn to joy. How this is possible, is trusting in Christ. Christ came and died for each of us and through His blood that was shed all of our sins are forgiven and we await His return to restore His kingdom. This is how we can have comfort, we know that what God done was from his love for us, His grace and mercy he showed us. We are to comfort others as they weep and mourn, we should be there for them also in their joy we can celebrate with them as Romans 12:15 tells us.

            We have hard and difficult times in our lives and we celebrate great achievements. We should remember that if we keep our focus on Jesus when we are mourning in circumstances that seem impossible to bare, He will comfort us in our pain. It may still be painful and difficult, but there is hope. Christ will use our mourning to give hope to others. Wilkins best explains, “We mourn oppression and persecution, but we do not despair, because we know the end of the story. We mourn over personal sin and social evil, because we mourn the things that God mourns. But as we mourn, we become instruments of the good news of the kingdom of heaven as we bring the comfort of God with which we ourselves have been comforted (2 Cor.1:3-7).”[4] Our final comforting will come as Jesus promised in (Rev. 7:17) He will wipe away every tear from our eyes. We will go through difficult and trying times and we must remember our mourning and trials will be used to comfort others as they mourn and give them hope and that hope is Christ. Jesus said (blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted). We will be comforted and we will be used by God for His purpose and glory to comfort others as they mourn. Next time we will look at Matthew 5:5.

God Bless,
Pastor Ken


            [1]. Unless otherwise indicated all Bible references in this paper are to the New International Version (NIV) (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2005).  

            [2]. Michael J. Wilkins, The NIV Application Commentary: Mathew (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2004), 206.   

            [3]. Ibid.

            [4]. Ibid.

 

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