DEVOTION FOR FRIDAY DECEMBER 16, 2016
Topic: BLESSING FOR THOSE WHO MOURN
Text: Matthew 4 verse 4 – Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
People who mourn over their spiritual wants and over sin because they are guilty; people who long for spiritual blessings, and come to Jesus Christ for them, according to His directions are blessed (Revelation 3:18). This beatitude includes also all the mourning which children of God are subjected to by the chastening through which God prepared them for the everlasting joy of heaven (Compare Hebrew 12:5-12). Obviously, mourning for righteousness here is that entire feeling which the sense of our spiritual poverty causes, and so the second beatitude is but the complement of the first. It is poverty of spirit that says, “I am undone” – Romans 7:24; and the mourning it causes, make it to break forth in lamentation. Thus they shall be comforted as God promised (Isa. 61:3).
Beloved in Christ, we should note that as mourning goes before comfort, so comfort shall follow after mourning. Our godly sorrow for our own and others’ sins shall end in everlasting joy and comfort. Our mourning and tears for the ills of the present day shall end also in joy. Just like sowing in tears and reaping in joy so shall all those who mourn will be comforted because the days of their mourning shall soon end, and then God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. Do you have that poor spirit that will lead you into mourning? Do you have the tears God will wipe away so as to comfort you?
Food for Thought: Revelation 21:4
Memory verse: Matthew 4 verse 4 – Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Prayer: Give me the heart, O Lord, to mourn over my spiritual wants, sins and that of the world in Jesus name.