Blessed are the Poor

532558_2277884444780_1103266510_n“ Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.” – Matthew 5:3

“Hath not God chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He has promised to those who love Him?” James 2:5

I need to write. Not for the pleasure as much for the sanity and the practice. I think when I don’t write my thoughts begin to stale, or become jumbled. Writing somehow frees the thoughts into streams from the stagnant pools that have congealed into confusion.   My mind is spent. Thoughts come only in part. My soul is tired. My flesh is weak..  It is here we are asked to pick up our crosses and follow in Faith, believing, “He who rose from the dead will quicken our mortal bodies.” That if we, “cast our cares on him,” God’s peace will guard our hearts and minds “for He cares for you.”
It is a narrow path down the lonely road of faith. As we walk this path there is a constant narrowing that leaves fewer and fewer around us.  I have experienced so many falling away from my life, leaving broken pieces of a battered and torn soul. It is the tearing of the soul that brings poverty to the spirit. Wither the tearing comes from friendships, failures, disappointments, or just wounds from others, we come to a place where we realize that we are frail creatures. No matter our stature, status, or fame, we have a soul that is broken, and it is this brokenness that brings us into a place of poverty of spirit, a place of loneliness, hurt, abandonment, and isolation.. Yet Jesus says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” 536475_435867026423830_418276429_n  It is when we can grab hold of our poverty with both hands and lift it up to the one who “heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds,” we will find grace that resounds greater than the sum of all our fears and a love that “covers a multitude of sins.”  But this requires faith, a faith that can move mountains. “A faith like a grain of mustard seed.”  How do we get this faith?

We are to “walk by faith,” for “without faith it is impossible to please God.”  For “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen,” for if “you can, all things are possible to them that believe.” But with our soul so torn, our hearts broken, how does someone so poor afford such a luxury of belief?  This comes from the Great Physician. The Wounded Healer, who says, “I have come that you might have life.” He who spoke the worlds into being, who said” let there be light” and there was. Who said” let there be stars.. fish in the sea.. birds in the air,” and there was, now speaks to us and says “come unto me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.”  We hear.. our hearts are stirred. Our spirits are awakened. Doubts flood our mind, and yet He5272b6d8e34311e2bd6422000a9f12df_6 speaks one more time. “Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”
Hope rises up. Hope as in the true sense. “To desire with expectation of obtainment: to expect with confidence” It is this “Hope we have as an anchor to our soul,” for “hope does not disappoint.” So our faith is expressed in holding up our brokenness, our weakness, to Him “who was wounded” for us, the Wounded Healer, who was “pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Now we who are wounded and broken, the poor in spirit, now become the wounded healers. Not because of anything we have done or achieved, but by coming to Christ in Faith, “looking unto Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.” Fixing our eyes on Jesus, we get our eyes off ourselves and our brokenness and now we walk by faith in humility able to lead others to the Healer, that has bandaged up our brokenness and carried our sorrow, and in doing so we become rich in faith.
“Hath not God chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He has promised to those who love Him?” James 2:5