Thursday Reflection – Expect Comfort

Have you ever thought about the beatitudes, specifically, “blessed are they that mourn.” At first reading of the beatitudes, it kind of sounds like God desires us to be sad and have a rough go at life. These are the people that are blessed? Right? But of course if all that was said was, “Blessed are those that mourn” and nothing else after that then yes I suppose that would be the conclusion, but there is one little word, “for” –this word connects the next part which is God’s desire for us. “Blessed are those that mourn for they shall be comforted.”

We all want and need comfort, and God knows this. Do we expect it from Him? P.B. Power said, “Man’s expectation is generally a prelude to God’s action.”

Live in expectation of his comfort to us that he values, and desires for us. He longs for Eden to be restored for us one day as much as we do, but we must look to him as the primary source and way.

I’ll leave you with this scripture to take with you as a promise. Expect it.

Isaiah 51:1-3

“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness

    and who seek the Lord:

Look to the rock from which you were cut

    and to the quarry from which you were hewn;

look to Abraham, your father,

    and to Sarah, who gave you birth.

When I called him he was only one man,

    and I blessed him and made him many.

The Lord will surely comfort Zion

    and will look with compassion on all her ruins;

he will make her deserts like Eden,

    her wastelands like the garden of the Lord.

Joy and gladness will be found in her,

    thanksgiving and the sound of singing.

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