I love reading “The Beatitudes” in Matthew 5. We all want to be happy. Our Declaration of Independence states “the pursuit of happiness” as one of our “unalienable rights” given us by our Creator. Here in Luke 6:20-23 we read a shorter version of “The Beatitudes.”
“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their fathers treated the prophets.” (NIV)
The poor, or in Matthew 5 “poor in spirit” are those who realize that they are spiritually bankrupt and can depend only on Christ’s shed blood for forgiveness and redemption. To them the Kingdom of God, the kingdom of heaven, is given.
Those who hunger or “those who hunger and thirst for righteousness” (Matthew 5:16), will be filled or satisfied. Those are they who can’t get enough of God’s Word, and spending time with Him. When my grandfather became a believer, later in life, he devoured God’s Word; he read it and read it and reread it, wearing out his Bible. This is that hunger.
He you ever been belittled, mocked, ridiculed or insulted because of your beliefs? Just recently Vice President Pence was mocked and called mentally unstable for his belief that God spoke to him. Matthew 5:12 says, “Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven.”
The take away? No matter what happens in this world, keep going; keep trusting; keep reading the Word; keep praying and listening for God’s answer, because your reward is coming. “Great is your reward in heaven.” In Revelation 2:10 Jesus promises to those who endure through persecution, “Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.” Be Blessed!