We Don’t Have To Wait
Read Matthew Chapter 5
Mt 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
There are many reasons for Christians today to mourn, too many to list. But let’s name a few categories, and then get specific about a few things. We can mourn over the condition of our world, our country, and the morality decline in each. We mourn over our friends who are not living according to God’s truth. We might be mourning over our own personal struggles with finances, jobs, or some other circumstance of life. There are many reasons for mourning in our time, just as there were many reasons during Jesus’ time on earth. Mourning has been a part of human life and living ever since Adam and Eve were cast out of Eden.
All throughout the bible, we see examples of mourning among those who belong to God. The SSA man and woman have a category of mourning that is unique to their issues. We often find ourselves mourning over the difficulty of our fleshly struggles. We might be a small number of Christians who mourn over same-sex attractions, but we certainly are not alone in regard to mourning over struggles with sin.
In Romans chapter 7, Paul described his frustration over his battle with an unnamed sin. I think he refrained from defining that sin, so that we can identify with his predicament. David often mourned over his sinfulness in the Psalms. Isaiah mentioned his unclean lips in Isaiah chapter 6. We could find and list several other examples as well. You get the point. We are not the first ones to mourn over our battles with sinfulness.
We mourned when we first discovered that we were trapped in this desire for something of which God does not approve. We mourned as we began to see the “unattainable” all around us. We mourned when we attempted to take hold of that which has the capacity to destroy us. We mourned when we experienced the shame of our failures in that area. You could name some other things over which you have mourned.
Jesus stated a very important truth. There will be a time when those who mourn, for they WILL be comforted. We may have thought about this before, and wondered when the heck this will finally come to pass. For some of us, we have found some measure of comfort from our mourning, but I doubt that any of us no longer find ourselves in times of mourning. That’s when we need to remind ourselves that Jesus stated an unalterable fact – we WILL be comforted!! In the meantime, as we await that coming blessed time of our existence, let us look at some other scriptures that reinforce our promise.
Job 5:11 The lowly He sets on high, and those who mourn are lifted to safety.
Isa 61:1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, 2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’S favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn..
I particularly like the passage from Isaiah. We are the poor who need good news. We are the brokenhearted, whose spiritual wounds will be bound up. We are the captives who need freedom, and the prisoners who need release from darkness. We are exactly those who have been promised all these things, and our Lord never breaks a promise.
It is in God’s word that we can begin to experience some relief from our mourning. The more we learn, the more relief we will sense. The more we trust the Writer of these words, the more reason we have to rejoice. We don’t have to wait until our sadness disappears entirely. We are dearly loved by the only One that matters. We have everything to look forward to, and every reason to rejoice over our situation. We will mourn, but our comfort can begin now. We don’t have to wait for our final, once and for all, deliverance.
Ro 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Prayer: Jesus, please continue to grant us relief from our mourning. Help us to rely on Your firm and sure promises. Because we mourn, we will be comforted and we can rejoice. Thank You!!