When Jesus saw His ministry drawing huge crowds, He climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to Him, the committed, climbed with Him. Arriving at a quiet place, He sat down and taught His climbing companions. This is what He said: “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and His rule. “You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you. – Matthew 5:1-4 (MSG)
This scripture begins what we know as the Sermon on the Mount and the list of Beatitudes. This word comes from the Latin word beātitūdō, meaning “supreme happiness.” The people were living in hard times, under the oppression of the Roman government and the burdensome weight of their own Jewish laws. Jesus showed them – and us – how to see the worst of our circumstances with a new “attitude.” He leads off with a focus on poverty and pain – poverty of the soul and the pain of loss. Tough subjects, but Jesus never shied away from hard issues, and never left us uninspired!
- Sue Breland, Meditations of Inspiration & Encouragement, Worship For One©