Matthew 5: 1: And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: 2: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, 3: Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
Poor by Choice: For Jesus, there is a route to blessing that is markedly different than our thoughts. The poor in spirit are those who purposefully humble themselves in relation to God. These are those that rightly discern their poverty in relation to a great God over all the earth. They do not pursue arguing with God, because they acknowledge Him as above and themselves as below. Jesus is that way. He confirmed that He only said what His Father told Him and only did what His Father instructed in the gospel of John. He was one that did not consider it something to grab hold and keep to be equal with God, but humbled Himself in relation to the Father and became a man. He exampled poor in spirit for us to see.
One Family’s Test: A situation comes to mind as I ponder this scripture. One family came to me rocked with enigmas. Questions about life and death and healing and answers to prayer were coming with forcefulness. Like all of us they faced a reality they did not want to face. The person had died. This mother of four had her life cut short. How could God allow such a thing? Why did He not do as we imagined and simply grant a request for healing here on earth? Did the scripture not say we could have whatever we willed? Surely God must do what we ask?
These are all valid questions that seem to have no answers.
The second question posed stronger. What did God want us to do today? Regardless of our understanding or lack of understanding of the situation at hand, what did He want us to do now? Now that this mother and grandmother was gone, what was to be our walk in the kingdom of heaven this day? Do we quit praying and believing? Do we continue in prayer? If He did not heal here and now would He hear our prayers for peace of mind and acceptance of a life without our lifelong friend? On the flip side of the coin, could we experience more of His kingdom by giving Him the benefit of our doubt or by doubting His benefit?
Answers: It is tough stuff, but the kingdom of heaven belongs to the poor in spirit. Life requires us to relinquish our rights and demands and allow the wisdom and the hand of God to play out. A heart of Jesus leads us to absorb the pains and confusions and admit we just don’t know all the answers, yet we will trust Him. In the beginning of the new life with a loved one gone, this family chose to continue in trust with questions unanswered. Sometimes that is all we can do. It requires making a choice to be poor in spirit and large in faith.
ACT! Can you lay down your understanding and demands to find the newer will of God for your walk in the kingdom? What does it take to become one poor in spirit and committed to His will being done on earth as it is in heaven, unquestioningly? Test Him out. Volunteer your ideas for His.
PRAY! God, You are God. Me, I’m just me. You are the greatest God of life and living. The answers I don’t understand, You create. Your thoughts are higher than my thoughts. When I just about figure out life, You are bigger and greater than my wisdoms. Teach me to obey. Teach me to walk close to Your breathing. Teach me to walk in Your ways even when I do not understand. Then You will open new wisdoms for me. Then You will open the windows of understanding on the other side of obedience.