When you have a bad day
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4
This is a tough one. Why would Jesus say those who mourn are blessed? Obviously they are mourning because of a lose or hurt of some kind. How can we expect to be blessed or happy when we have a bad day?
The answer to these questions is in the second part of the verse. We are comforted. When we have bad days, and we all do at times, we are blessed because we know that we can take our grief and sorrow to our Savior, and He has promised to comfort us. In the presence of His comfort, we can have peace and even contentment.
In contrast, those who are without a Savior do not know they can go to God when they are hurting. They do not know that hope is available. This reminds me of a scripture in 1 Thessalonians 4:13 that says we as children of the King do not sorrow as those who have no hope. We have the hope of His salvation, and we have the hope of being comforted.
We also know that later on, we will be able to help others who go through similar problems. We can tell them about the comfort that we received when we were in that situation. Ultimately, your suffering can result in bringing someone close to God in their suffering. So the next time you are having a bad day, don’t try to figure out where you went wrong, just turn to your Father and let Him comfort you with the comfort with which you can be comforted.
Today I want to encourage you no matter what you are up against. Whether it is a lose of some kind, a betrayal or maybe something as simple as a missed opportunity, take it to your Savior and be comforted with the comfort that only He can give. Then watch for others that are suffering and offer them the hope that comforted you in your struggle. Jesus said “in the world you will have trouble, but cheer up, I will get you through them all.”
Today’s scripture reading: Matthew 5:1-12
1 And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. 2 Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.