Day #5: Blessed

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.

Matthew 5:6, NKJV

 

These words, of course, are from the most famous sermon ever preached, by the most famous person who ever walked the face of the earth. They were spoken by Jesus, the Son of God, nearly two thousand years ago and they are as true and as important today as the day they were first spoken.

 

Think about how wonderful the word "blessed" really is. It has a two-fold connotation; first, blessed means "happy", and second, the source of this happiness is a result of one's having received favor from God. So, when you hunger and thirst for righteousness, you will be happy because God will place His favor upon you for doing so. And you will also be blessed because part of the favor so bestowed is the fulfillment of His promise that your hunger will be satisfied - you "shall be filled".

 

It is the same with all of the other promises contained in these beatitudes, from those who are poor in spirit (humble) to those who are persecuted, and everything in between, for those who seek to do God's will in God's way always receive His favor and as a result will always be happy.

 

It's a pretty good deal, when you think about it, so why not think about it today! It is guaranteed to make you blessed!

 

Today's reading is from Matthew chapter 5. I hope that you will read this portion of the sermon on the mount and take it with you throughout the day, for it has the power to give you the happiness that everyone so desperately needs.