When sorrow strikes us like a tsunami, leaving only bitter remains of grief, sorrow, and despair is when we discover the true realness of our relationship with God—or more accurately, his relationship with us. In these moments of desolation and desperation, when we are totally absorbed in our own grief, God comes to find us. “How do we respond?” Do we let him in to minister to our heart, or do we continue to wallow in self pity, anger, and bitterness—holding resentment, having bad feelings about ourselves, being angry at God or someone else? Mourning equals a broken heart.
God seeks to be closest to us in the darkest moments of our pilgrimage on earth. What other faith or religion offers such consolation? Our God is with us, whatever problem with which we are dealing. He wants us to turn it over to him. Our dependence on him must be as solid as stone. We must trust God to carry it for us and handle it according to his perfect will. In Psalms it says, “Thou has taken account of my wandering, and put my tears in thy bottle.” (Psalms 56:8) God stores up every tear you have ever cried. He treasures you that much!
His plan for you, in spite of your problems, will be only for your best. His promise is that our mourning is met with incomparable comforting from above. In the First Beatitude we began to discover the grandeur and greatness of God. How can you not release your problems to a God like that!
In the “The Marshlands of Mourning”—Jesus is reaches down to remove us from the burdens that are weighing us down! Our comfort and consolation begin when we call on God. He will strengthen, teach, encourage, and exhort us. He will show us where we went wrong to give us wisdom and make us a better person. Our Lord looks to the future not to the past. He gives us “a future and a hope”! He is our Rock!
Jesus Christ is our consolation experience! Rivers of living water flow out of Christ’s heart. “Whoever believes in me, rivers of living water will flow from within them” (John 7:38). As Jesus said to the Samaritan woman at the well, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:13-14).
The “Beatitude Moment” for those who mourn:
What burdens do you carry that need to be released and given to the God of the Universe? Hand them over to Jesus and do not struggle with them any longer!
Only the living water of Christ in our distressed and parched hearts can provide the renewing consolation that restores our souls from the mourning we are experiencing, whether physical, emotional, or spiritual. Ask him to flood you! Christ promises water that is never ending, spiritually powerful, and totally filling. Jesus is the water from the well. He is the crystal-clear water coursing through us to carry away our sorrows and burdens. “My peace I give to you,” he promises in John 14:27. After we have tasted him, nothing other can console us. Our mourning converts to peace and joy. Our mourning is now a brand new morning!
Our Tapestry of Life
There is a story of a man who arrived in heaven and began to question the many trials and tribulations he had confronted in life on earth. The Lord pulled out a thready, unkempt piece of cloth to show the man. It looked so disorderly and disarrayed that he gasped at its appearance. Then Jesus turned it over to display a lovely, intricately designed tapestry and commented to the man, “What you were seeing was the underside, but God was weaving a beautiful and powerful story with your life.”
Many times, we as mourners can only see the underside in this life. We must trust the true pattern that the Master is weaving with our lives, and submit our threads each day to him. Our mourning will produce a majestic tapestry for his purposes.
The Beatitude for mourners grants freedom from the worry, want, and care of each day and enables us to live above life’s circumstances. We will not be sucked into the emotional rollercoaster life that Satan delights to throw us in!
We discover the delight of complete dependence on God’s comfort and absolute relief from daily cares and burdens as we turn them over to him. Return from whatever crises you are experiencing.
Release your daily “threads” to Him. Let God dream His dream in you!
God uses the difficult circumstances in life to purify us as a refining fire. Lord, please work in my life to make me purely dependent upon you.
—T. W. Hunt and Claude N. King, “Mind of Christ”
Blessed are those who mourn, for they find a whole new morning and depend upon God in a whole new way!
Thoughts for meditation:
• What is breaking God’s heart today? Be used by God to help resolve it.
• What is breaking my heart today? Give it to God.