Those That Mourn Will Be Comforted

Matthew 5:4 4Blessed and enviably happy [with a happiness produced by the experience of God’s favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His matchless grace] are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted!

At first this verse might not make a whole lot of sense. Blessed are those who mourn? Mourning is expressing great sadness because something is lost or no longer exists. There are many reasons one could mourn- the loss of a loved one, a relationship ended. I know a wonderful woman who after almost 30 years of marriage unexpectedly lost her husband. She had been with him almost all of her adult life. I read a blog that she wrote four months after his passing, on the day that would have been their 29th wedding anniversary. It was beautiful but so saddened me. She spoke of still wanting to pick up the phone and call him, and going to the grocery and having to remember not to get his favorite things. She said, “Just when I think I couldn’t have any more tears, they fall like rain. Just when I think my heart could not hurt any worse, it breaks a little more.” “I will never be over this, nor will my children, but we will get through this.” I can’t say that I can even imagine what she was and is still feeling to this day, but I think of the story of Lazarus in Luke chapter 11. For time’s sake I will paraphrase. Jesus was very close to a family, Lazarus and his sisters, Mary and Martha. Lazarus became ill and his sisters sent word to Jesus that they needed him. Jesus waited a couple of days and then made the journey to where they lived. By the time He arrived Lazarus had already died and had been buried. In verses 32-33 it says 32When Mary came to the place where Jesus was and saw Him, she dropped down at His feet, saying to Him, Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.   33When Jesus saw her sobbing, and the Jews who came with her [also] sobbing, He was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. [He chafed in spirit and sighed and was disturbed.] Jesus was troubled and deeply moved by the sorrow of His friends. Look at verse 35,  the shortest verse in the Bible, but one of the most powerful- Jesus wept. Jesus was all knowing, He knew He was going to raise Lazarus from the dead. He knew that He was going to restore to them their brother. He knew that in just a few short moments their sorrow was going to be turned to joy. So why did He weep? He felt the pain of their hearts and it hurt His heart too.
For all those that mourn, know that you have a Savior who feels your pain, and not only feels it, but is able to erase it. The promise in His Word is this- Blessed are they that mourn, FOR THEY SHALL BE COMFORTED. In Psalm 68:5 we see that God is 5A father of the fatherless and a judge and protector of the widows.  Proverbs 18:24 says there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. In times of sorrow and grief and mourning, He is the only one that can truly understand your pain, but He is also the one that can lessen it. If you will allow Him to be your Father, protector, defense, and your friend, He will bring you the comfort you desire. If you are mourning today, take heart- your time of joy is near. If you are not mourning, take the time to think of someone you know that may have lost someone or something precious to them. Then pray that today they will have an extra amount of the strength, joy and love that our Heavenly Father provides.

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