Week #3: With God
Please head on back to Week#1 and get caught up on our journey through these two books of the bible!
Jesus went up to the mountainside and began to teach.
He saw an opportunity and grabbed it.
The beatitudes can be the most beautiful piece of writing and yet the hardest to grasp at times. I have had a few teachers instruct on this part of the bible, but the most memorable was the simplest. God will be with you.
Let me explain.
The word blessed in this part of the bible is translated from the Greek word Makarios meaning happy. It was associated with being happy in a self -contained way. It was not contingent on your circumstances.
This reminds me of the kind of Joy that comes from the fruit of the spirit. It is a Joy that does not end because your circumstances are difficult, it is not determined by the happenings around us, but is from the knowledge that you are within God’s Will. (Further Study on Joy)
To be in Gods Will is to have Joy. A self contained happiness for lack of a better explanation.
To know you are in God’s Will would mean that you are spending time with God Himself. Therefore God would also be spending time with you.
To be blessed is, in part, to be with God.
What better gift to be given then the actual presence of God Himself.
We read in Galatians 3:14
14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.
Jesus came to be with us…the spirit can dwell within us…
Those who are seeking God will find Him. Being weak, humble, humble in spirit, hungering for God, being peacemakers, keeping one’s heart pure, suffering for Christ…all of these things equal one grand revelation…God is with them!
I understand there is a large scale of study that can be done with this single piece of scripture and if you are wanting to know more, please check out Billy Grahams site and start studying!
Re-read the Beatitudes and keep in mind the understanding that not only has Jesus explained why they are blessed in things such as being poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of God, but he is telling these people that God is with those who are poor in spirit.
What does this mean for you?
Spend some time today colouring and meditating on the fact that asking God to bless you could be answered in the form of God being with you.
Remember that God wants to be with you.