Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Matthew 5:3-9

 He pulled his feet toward him as he curled up on his straw mattress. The nights were always the worst. He clinched his eyes tightly together hoping for sleep but his mind was filled with thoughts of his mother and his family. He missed them greatly. Most days he felt like he was utterly alone. The sheer redundancy of each passing moment crushed any hope he had of things changing. His master’s sight was failing and Eli’s sons, the priests, were never around. His list of duties grew with every day. How long would he have to live like this he wondered?

 Spiritual poverty is the only path to spiritual wealth. In God’s economy, mourning causes laughter. In God’s economy, having nothing is truly the only way to obtain everything. Nine times Jesus used the word “Blessed” in this particular setting of scripture. He didn’t say that you would be perky. He didn’t say that you would be cheery. He didn’t say that you would be ecstatic. But God said that you would be blessed. He said you would have happiness that is unaffected by circumstances. Worldly happiness is predicated upon happenings, but what God gives is joy unspeakable and full of glory. Circumstances cannot affect being blessed.

 Poor in spirit. Empty and having nothing to offer God. You are blessed. Mourning. Grieved by your faults. Sorrowful over your failures. You are blessed. Meekness. Yielding yourself to God’s plan willingly. You are blessed. Feeling pangs of hunger for rightness and thirsting to have God’s approval. You are blessed. Pure. Getting a clear view of God’s character, God’s will, and His attributes. You are blessed. Peacemakers. Reconciling family members. Steering a conversation from criticism and complaining. You are blessed. 

 In the darkness, Samuel heard a voice that he supposed to be Eli. But it wasn’t Eli that was speaking to him. Eli told him to go back to bed. All alone once more, frightened and uncertain, Samuel heard a voice that he knew had to be Eli. But it wasn’t Eli that was speaking to him. Flesh had left him in the hands of strangers. The voices of his family were only a memory. It was the voice of God that spoke to Samuel when by all indications Samuel was alone, abandoned, and burdened. God spoke in the dark night to a child that He had great designs for. God said, You’re Blessed.

 God is in the business of designing folks who are just like Him. So when you feel empty, broke, alone, hungry for change, try God’s plan. Fall on your face and talk to God. “Seek Him. He will call you blessed. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.”  James 4:10.

 When you submit to God, you find true strength.

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