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Saturday, July 2, 2022
Bible Meditation: 
Matthew 5:1-12

BLESSED are the pure in HEART, for they shall see GOD” – Matthew 5:8

The divine antidote to the Stressed Life is the BLESSED HEART: BLESSED are the pure in HEART, for they shall see GOD” (Mt.5:8). The world is full of stress – stressful. Stress is the natural consequence of devotion to the world rather than to God’s Word: “BLESSED is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night” (Psa.1:1-2). The divine Answer to the Stressed Life is the Blessed Heart – one that’s nurtured through meditation in God’s Word. Life can have a fair amount of stressors: Work deadlines; a sick family member; academic challenges; or a toxic relationship. Stress can flare up in day-to-day life without any obvious cause. Meditating on the Word provides stability, comfort and motivation when untangling life’s facets feels overwhelming.

The Greek word often translated as “blessed” – makarios, means “fortunate,” “happy,” “enlarged,” or “favoured.” Mary, the mother of Jesus, was “blessed among women” – favoured by the Lord God (Lk.1:42–45, 48). However, the most well-known use of the word blessed in the Bible is here in the Beatitudes (Mt:3-12; Lk.6:20-23). As used in the framework of the Beatitudes, this word describes the inner quality of a faithful servant of God. Blessedness is a spiritual state of well-being and prosperity – a deep, joy-filled contentment that cannot be shaken by poverty, grief, famine, persecution, war, or any trial or tragedy encounterable in life.

In human terms, the scenarios depicted in the Beatitudes do not read like blessings, but because God is present with us through all trying times, we are perpetually blessed in Him. While material blessings are included in God’s favour, Scripture ascribes a much fuller meaning to the word blessed. God’s children are blessed, regardless of circumstances, because God has favoured us with a fully satisfied soul: O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life” (Psa.63:1-3a). Craving material things can never bring genuine contentment (1Tim.6:6). True fulfilment can only be found in a relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ (Rom.5:1–2).

God blessed humanity from inception, and has continued to do so throughout history (Gen.1:28; 5:2; 12:3; 26:3; Dt.7:13; Job 42:12). However, Christ’s redemptive work on the cross provides access to God’s full blessings through faith in Him: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who HAS BLESSED US with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Eph.1:3). We are blessed because our sins are forgiven; no longer counted against us: Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit (Psa.32:1-2).

The Bible’s measure of blessedness is different from the world’s: “Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him” (Jam.1:12). The Blessed Believer trusts in God’s Love, from which nothing can ever separate us (Rom.8:35-39). Those who rest in God enjoy an inner state of fulfilment, joy, and peace that’s immune to external trials. The marvellous blessings we experience now are incomparable to the weight of glory God has reserved for us in His eternal kingdom (1Cor.2:9).

Blessed speaks of our inner state of well-being, the prosperity of our souls in Christ. Blessedness comes from unhindered fellowship with God the Father, through our Lord Jesus, in the power of the Indwelling Holy Spirit. To be blessed is to experience the full impact of God’s Presence in our lives. In Christ, our Blessed Heart nullifies the stressed life. We are TOO BLESSED to be STRESSED!

Adetokunbo O. Ilesanmi (Meditations)

Lord, through unhindered fellowship with You, help us to cultivate the BLESSED HEART that nullifies the stressed life, in Jesus name.
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