“Blessed … Blessed … Blessed … Blessed …”
Extract all the blessings from Scripture, and you would be left with very little. Remove the promises and it would become a poison to the souls of men. We are in such a feeble state that we would be desperate for anything that would ease our pain. Being crushed on the wheels of life without any hope is a grim prospect.
That is why He gives us the promises and blessings embedded in the Bible. They are like diamonds in the clay, which must be released in order to make them ours. The blessings of the Word await those desperate enough to abandon lethargy and to dig. One time a treasure chest was buried in a field, and a poor man who knew went and sold everything. He scraped all he had and purchased that property to gain access to the wealth within.
Some will never make the effort. The blessings of scripture are never gripped and seized with any real alacrity or desperation. Those vital promises swirl by their hearts, but are never comprehended. They are so close to glory, but they will not reach for it. The issue is not with the Bible, it is the folly and darkness of the human heart.
Having God’s blessing is a state of grace that elevates us to reality. If you are “poor in spirit”. or if you mourn, you are in that state of blessed truth. You might say that the Beatitudes are keys that will open the doors of truth. They are not optional, we must receive them and the richness they give us.
There are those who will harden their heart. That is a given. They have a calloused mind and a stiff neck. But the promises and blessings of God continue to call out, but if they are spurned they will become the property of a more receptive and eager heart.
- The Beatitudes (sjbrown58.wordpress.com)
- How blessed is my condition! (devotionsandblessings.wordpress.com)