Vacation Bible School
Good morning, beloved of God,
Well, a new week begins, a week of fun for my kids to enjoy Vacation Bible School and Soccer camp…and I have planned a fun week of organizing bookshelves and ridding myself of unnecessary books and donating what I don’t need. Now I have no problem donating clothes, kitchen items, in fact, every item but books…kind of silly, isn’t it? I just consider them my friends. Yet some are not needed and could most certainly bless another home. I need God’s help to do this job. To let go and let God, shall we say..
And to prepare a curriculum for my children for next year I need to set it up with books, and if they are in disarray, well, I cannot work very well. Most of you haven’t been to my house, but I have 10 bookshelves of books..ahem. And I visit the library every week…I guess you would call me a book lover. Hence, the book fetish..ahem. Of course, out of this love of books, my husband has become a reader WOOHOO!. My children are almost all huge readers..I say that because one is still learning to read. :0) They all love to listen to books. We listen to books. I’m not sure why I’m sharing this..this isn’t going to make it easier to separate myself from books. 😉
God has brought many books in my life that I pick up again..not to read necessarily but to remember. I can touch a book and be brought to time, a memory…
🙂 Well, in today’s study we are going to look at the next beatitude…Let’s first look at mourn in Greek.
Mourn, Mourning:“to mourn for, lament,” is used, (a) of mourning in general, Mat 5:4 so this is a general type of mourning. Remember what we talked about yesterday? The humble, those who realize their sinfulness, acknowledging their need for a Savior.
I think that Psalm 32 truly repeats the cry of this “mourning”:
3 When I kept silence [before I confessed], my bones wasted away through my groaning all the day long.
4 For day and night Your hand [of displeasure] was heavy upon me; my moisture was turned into the drought of summer. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!
5 I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide. I said, I will confess my transgressions to the Lord [continually unfolding the past till all is told]—then You [instantly] forgave me the guilt and iniquity of my sin. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!
6 For this [forgiveness] let everyone who is godly pray—pray to You in a time when You may be found; surely when the great waters [of trial] overflow, they shall not reach [the spirit in] him.
7 You are a hiding place for me; You, Lord, preserve me from trouble, You surround me with songs and shouts of deliverance. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!
Do you see the progression that Jesus is talking about? We humble ourselves, we see our need for Savior and confess. We mourn and God pours out. He is found, He is our hiding place. He is our preserving place. He surrounds us! Or consider the mourning in Psalm 40:
1 I waited patiently and expectantly for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry.
2 He drew me up out of a horrible pit [a pit of tumult and of destruction], out of the miry clay (froth and slime), and set my feet upon a rock, steadying my steps and establishing my goings.
3 And He has put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many shall see and fear (revere and worship) and put their trust and confident reliance in the Lord.
True comfort can only be found in Him, beloved. Only in Him. As we trust, confidence and reliance in Him, He will then use our story to show others His faithfulness and our story will not be a void, useless waste but a glorious crown. Allow Him to be your comfort.
God bless you today, beloved. May His face shine upon you. Pray on. Pray on.
- Is David Your Soul Mate? (shareaverse.wordpress.com)
- Selah (scottsholar.com)
- Dance to the Lord (shareaverse.wordpress.com)
- Psalm 40 (rambleandreason.wordpress.com)
- Message of the Beatitudes – Two (pastorswifelife.com)
- “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven” (worryisuseless.wordpress.com)
- Mourning Has Broken! (genesisone.wordpress.com)