Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Wednesday, May 10, 2017
“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3).
You are royalty (if you are poor).
I admit that last statement was a tad difficult to understand, but hear this: when we are spiritually rich in our own eyes, we are destitute in God’s. When our spirituality seems impoverished to us, we are in position to enter the royal kingdom. Nobody that humbles themselves before God will be refused access to His life giving power to transcend sinful impediments, and thereby adjoin themselves to the King of the universe.
Ironic Workings of Biblical Principle
The Bible is full of irony. If you’re blind, you can see. If you are humble, God will lift you up. If you give more, you will have more. If you surrender all, you will receive the infinite kingdom. If you are a great servant, you’ll be a greater leader. If you invest in the seventh-day Sabbath, God will maximize the other six days. If you return a tenth of your increase to God with your whole life submitted to Him, He will maximize the rest of your income. The liberal soul prospers. Human wisdom is folly to God. God’s wisdom is foolishness to those who are proud and perishing. The Bible is full of irony.
Perhaps the greatest irony is that the King of heaven would give His life for those who are unworthy so we could have it more abundantly. The blessing in all this is that God’s condescension shows to what extent He is willing to go to elevate us into His holy presence. If you are blind, powerless, weak, and impoverished spiritually, embrace the strength of your God who’s ready, willing, and available to give you the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Have a wonderful day!