Matthew 5:4 – “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” NASB
When you read the beatitudes, if you are like me, you sometimes are perplexed. Some of them make perfect sense in the natural and seem to have no spiritual application. Some make sense only in the spiritual and seem to have no natural application. This, like most of the beatitudes, can and likely does have a dual meaning that touches both the natural and the spiritual.
However, I am fully convinced that Jesus did not offer this declaration simply to console those who have lost someone or something in this life. I do believe that is part of His intent but not the full meaning, He intended.
This like each of the beatitudes identifies a condition and offers a hope or a promise for those in that condition. If we connect this beatitude to the previous one and follow through the progression, we must consider it far more than the natural. If being ‘poor in spirit’ can be applied to being empty of self and focused on and dependent on God, then mourning must have a spiritual application as well. Also, it must be considered in light of our attitude toward ourselves and our condition.
Jesus called the Holy Spirit ‘The Comforter’ in John 14:26 as an identifier of one aspect of the ministry of the Spirit of God. That identification followed His promise in verse 18 that He would not leave us comfortless. In 2 Corinthians 7:10, we discover that “godly sorry produces repentance” and that repentance brings bout the peace of God through His grace.
I suggest that the mourners focused on here are those who recognize their sinfulness and realize their spiritual poverty without God and mourn over that condition. It is recognizing that we have been rebels and participants in the cosmic rebellion that began in the Garden of Eden through disobedience and rejection of God’s rule and reign in our lives. It is mourning over the fact that through our committing sin we have become servants of sin and disobedient to God. It is a recognition that we have broken God’s heart.
Losing a loved one, a relationship or some prized possession produces deep pain, anguish, and remorse. It can be debilitating and bring about such depression that the person becomes incapable of functioning. It is a genuine and real problem and I am not diminishing the truth that God ‘comforts the broken-hearted.’ All the broken hearted! What I am attempting to focus on is when we come to a full awareness of our sinfulness and poverty without Him, we mourn, and His promise is not only that we will be comforted but that He won’t reject us or fail us.
He promised to not leave us comfortless. He promised that if we take His yoke upon us, He will relieve our burden. He has promised that if we come to Him, He will not turn us aside. He has promised to never leave or forsake us. Remember the words of promise in Psalm 51:17 that “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” Thus, we can be assured that not only will God comfort us in our natural sorrows and losses, but He will give us spiritual comfort when we come to Him out of brokenness for our sinful condition.
1 John 1:9 is an anchor upon which I depend, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” If you are in mourning either in the natural or over your spiritual condition, know that He is our Comfort and our Comforter never fails to keep His promises.
God bless you as you run this leg of your life’s journey. Walk in the comfort of the LORD on this beautiful day.