Monday, October 5th, 2015
Poor People (Part 7)
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:3 (NKJV)
For thus says the High and Lofty One
Who inhabits eternity, whose Name is Holy:
'I dwell in the high and holy place,
With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,
To revive the spirit of the humble,
And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.'
Isaiah 57:15 (NKJV)
To me, the Beatitudes** are written for poor people: people who aren't trying to get anything for themselves; people who are contrite, mourning, humble, honest, merciful, peace-seeking, pure-hearted sufferers for Jesus Christ.
Consider this commentary on Matthew 5:3:
'Those who are sensible of their spiritual poverty, of their ignorance and sinfulness, their guilt, depravity, and weakness, their frailty and mortality; and who, therefore, whatever their outward situation in life may be, however affluent and exalted, think meanly of themselves, and neither desire the praise of men, nor covet high things in the world, but are content with the lot God assigns them, however low and poor. These are happy, because their humility renders them teachable, submissive, resigned, patient, contented, and cheerful in all estates; and it enables them to receive prosperity or adversity, health or sickness, ease or pain, life or death, with an equal mind' (Benson Bible Commentary on Matthew 5:3).*
Some of earth's poorest people are the homes for earth's biggest hearts. Since God's all about the heart, that's wealth waiting to happen. Whether it happens here or comes later, it's on the way.
'Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven.' (Matthew 5:12).
Here's the larger question: What's the fate of those who aren't poor now?
To Be Continued...
* Bible Commentaries on Matthew 5:3: http://biblehub.com/commentaries/matthew/5-3.htm
* Short article on a contrite spirit: http://www.gotquestions.org/contrite-contrition.html
** The Beatitudes: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=mat+5%3A3-12&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Poor People series.