This morning as I am studying and praying, the thought of joy came into my mind. So often, we think we will find joy when this happens or that happens when it is available right here and now. Nothing has to change humanly to feel joy! There are many fundamentalist religions that preach joy will come in the hereafter or here later, so isn’t that world thought? That does not have to be that way; in fact, the reality is that there is always something to be joyful about now. Gratitude is riches, complaint is poverty.
“The meek also shall increase their joy in the Lord, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.” Isaiah 29:19
This morning as I was praying with the Beatitudes which Jesus gave us in the Sermon on the Mount, I was drawn to Matthew 5:5, where it reads “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” Thinking on the word “meek” meaning non-aggressive while it is the opposite of anger, self-righteousness and the need to aggressively control. For many years I was in sales and was very good in the field thinking that “aggression” certainly was necessary in my endeavors; otherwise, I would be left behind.
After maturing spiritually, I realize I cannot hear God while I am trying to control and find it so freeing to listen and obey God! I sometimes cringe when I think about the past but quickly realize I needed to learn the lessons I did. They soon became blessings as I prayed to understand.
Often I think I may need approval or validation from others. It can be very frustrating and disappointing until I realize I only need God’s approval! That revelation is so freeing. Matthew 5:5 reads, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” By turning to God, our every human need is met.