Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted – Matthew 5:3.
It was privilege to share the gospel in a wake service last Wednesday. This is for a family who just lost the head of their household, their dad or father. He was a retired Baptist preacher. I shared how different it is when real Christians lose someone very dear to them. Yes, there is still sadness and mourning in air but their faith on Jesus Christ is what gives them hope and comfort. Because they know, that even though they will miss the presence of their loved one here on earth, someday, they will see them again in a much better place and that “much better place” is where their loved is right now – heaven.
That is the promise that we can hold on to in Matthew 5:3. First, there is a current promise. While you are here on earth and with the hard situations you will experience there will be comfort. When we lose someone we love, we mourn. When we fail, we are in pain. When we see the evil that surrounds us, we grieve. There will always be situations that will bring you pain, sadness, sorrow and hardship. But take heart because you will be comforted by God. It can either be through His word, through people He will bring in your life and through situations. One thing is for sure, your source of comfortable will only be from God alone. His word gives us the comfort we need:
2 Corinthians 1:3-5. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 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 have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.
Psalm 34:18. The Lord is near to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Psalm 22:24. For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; Nor has He hidden His face from him; But when he cried to Him for help, He heard.
The second promise is looking forward to what is ahead. Yes trials and tribulations will always come while we are in this earthly body. We will always be pushed to the limit but all of this is temporary. We might experience it within the 60-year average lifespan we have but we have eternity to look forward to with Christ. Revelation 21:4 describes what is ahead – no tear, no death, no morning, no crying and no pain. This helps us realize that the temporary hardship is nothing compare to the eternity in store for us.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18. Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Let us fix our eyes on what is eternal. Let us refocus our life and energy on Jesus. Do not lose heart. When you mourn, you will be comforted.