The Deep Well (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 187)
Matthew 5:3 (NLT)
God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
Everyone wants to be happy. Self-help books and manuals offer tips and strategies, therapists give suggestions to their clients, ministers have developed formulas that are based on material possessions — all in an attempt to give people the happiness they crave. Lessons have even been created to teach school children how to be happy.
Happiness is seen as the antidote to depression, anxiety, self-harm, anger, and anti-social behavior. But in reality, happiness is only a byproduct of something that is a much deeper well. That deep well is called joy and it is one of the fruits of the Spirit. God never promised happiness to His children, but He did promise joy.
Happiness only comes if the circumstances are right. However, joy is an abiding state of being. It never fluctuates or goes away. It does not depend; it is always there. Those who the Bible describes as “poor in spirit” are blessed because they realize that man-made prescriptions cannot help them. They rely on the strength and goodness of God.
The good news for those who are “poor in spirit” is that actually they are “rich in spirit”. They have so much more than money, power, and happiness cannot buy. Those who are emptied of themselves and depleted enough to realize they are nothing without God soon realize that they have everything. Only those so impoverished that they know they need God deep down on the inside are truly blessed.
“The blessed ones who possess the Kingdom are they who have repudiated every external thing and have rooted from their hearts all sense of possessing. These are the ‘poor in spirit.’”
— A.W. Tozer