As I pray about the third beatitude “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”, I have found that I have had much resistance to that verse. Never have I liked the word “poor” in any way, thinking I needed to be poor in order to experience the kingdom of heaven. Today, there was a revelation in my thinking when I knew that meant being humble! A light came on as humility had never seemed to be my strong point, but as I travel my spiritual journey, I turn everything over to God. Poor in that sense certainly doesn’t mean weak but just the opposite as we give up human will.
Exodus 15:13 states “In Your unfailing love, You will lead the people You have redeemed. In Your strength You will guide them to Your holy dwelling.” This can only be achieved when we are humbled and willing to follow Him.