Comfort that Comforts (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 188)
Matthew 5:4 (NLT)
God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Much of a believer’s life is paradoxical. Much of life itself is paradoxical. We rise to the top by being willing to go to the bottom. We discover life by embracing death. We discover true peace and joy by the way of suffering and pain. The way to success is often paved with failure. Every virtue needs refinement by its opposite virtue.
To some, Greek yogurt smells bad by itself, but when it is mixed with other things such as fruit it has a pleasant smell and taste. Some virtues alone can be taken as bad. Mourning in this verse can be seen as bad in our frail and human society. But in God’s economy, mourning is necessary to receive meaningful comfort from the only One who can give it.
Recognizing that one is helpless at the core of life ends in depression and loneliness unless it is balanced by a healthy engagement with the world. This world is not perfect and it requires us to mourn over pain, death, and overall fallenness in society. But it is those who grieve over the sorrow and suffering brought about by human wickedness that receive a special dose of God’s grace and comfort.
“God’s strength makes us strong; His comfort comforts us. With Him, we no longer run; we rest.”
— Dillon Burroughs