God blesses those who mourn for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4 NLT
No one really likes to cry do they? Is there anyone who enjoys bad news and looks forward to that phone call or knock on the door that leads to genuine brokenness? I think all of us live with the understanding that in a second of time a normal day or a normal life can be turned upside down.
Rather, the world loves to laugh. We enjoy and feel comforted by laughter. Nobody I know would go into mourning in order to seek comfort. As with so much of Jesus’ teaching, this runs counter to the accepted norms of society.
Jesus knew that to live on this earth would mean that we would all face sorrow and grief. We grieve death, divorce, loss of job, personal injury or illness, the actions of our children, change in the health of a family member, the loss of our finances, and a hundred other things. You may be mourning something today. It may be about you or it could even be about something in the world around you because sometimes the actions of others can cause genuine sorrow. For example, we should all grieve for people that go without food or clean water around our world.
Mourning is a quality that I think Jesus wants in us. It’s not so much about the devastation that comes our way personally, but can you mourn for others? Can you carry a sorrow or burden in you for the people around you? If so, you will be comforted by God Himself. He will help you bear your burden and season of mourning. He is offering you comfort today. Take Him at His word and receive this blessing.
“We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, 'Blessed are they that mourn,' and I accept it. I've got nothing that I hadn't bargained for. Of course it is different when the thing happens to oneself, not to others, and in reality, not imagination.”
― C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed
“No healthy Christian ever chooses suffering; he chooses God's will, as Jesus did, whether it means suffering or not.” ― Oswald Chambers
Wes Humble is the Executive Director of Ministry and Community Relations at Liberty HealthShare. He has thirty years of experience in various pastoral and editorial roles, and he is passionate about responding to the spiritual needs of both ministry staff and members.