Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. ”
Comforted – A calling to one’s side. This word is about a coming together, about relationship. Ever been stranded by the side of the road when a stranger stopped, maybe a trucker, and helped change your tire, or fixed a clamp on a hose? That person came along side you and helped, even comforted! Remember in John 14:6 where Jesus said He would give us a Comforter, the Holy Spirit who would be with us forever. Here we are living our life, trying to be all we can be. We are trying to do the right things, and it is hard. We are trying to not do the wrong things, and that is also hard. And as we walk along the road of life, the Holy Spirit comes along side and comforts, and helps.
Those who have lost and mourn for their suffering, will find things they never realized they were missing. They will discover new worlds they never knew existed. Sometimes when you lose something you think nothing can replace that item or that your feelings of loss are now with you forever. But experience and the promises of God speak otherwise. Often with the loss of a loved one, for example, we are able to understand that our reality is changed. It is not about glossing over or getting over the loss. It is about accept what has happened, and moving on into a different reality. This is where grace comes in to our lives. Remember the story of Job? He lost his family, his property, and his health. In the end he got it all back 2-fold. Did it cover his loss? No, but through the loss he came to know God as he never knew Him before. Job discovered a God he did not recognize before his loss. The God Job found was a God of details, a God much bigger and more intimate than Job could ever had imagined.
Allow your pride to be broken. Remember the first Beatitude? Poor in Spirit. It is about letting God be the Lord of your life, about letting God sit on the throne of your life. There are 3 areas of your life that you need to give control of to God. Your thoughts, your words, and your actions. Your actions and words reveal your thoughts, what is in your heart. You can say all the right words, but if your life isn’t characterised by love, you’ve missed the whole point of following Jesus. Remember that story in Matthew 9 of Jairus’ daughter who died? As Jesus drew near the professional mourners were there wailing and making noise. When Jesus said they were premature, that the girl wasn’t dead they laughed openly. Their mourning was just a show, just something put on or show.
Lastly, allow your future to be broken. You have all these plans. A year or two and this will happen and you will be at such and such a place. Even this afternoon, you will do this or be there. Make your plans, but give them to God. Allow Him control and you will see life is about more than stuff and things. God will put people in your path that need to hear your word of encouragement, that need to hear the Good News of the Gospel. Allow God to be in your details, allow Him to step in and revise your appointment book, because He has divine appointments for you.