Do you sometimes feel you are cursed by God? In the Bible the only people God pronounces a curse on are those who reject His Son. In fact, when you read the New Testament, take note of who is called blessed. Most of the people blessed in Scripture are those who do not appear to be blessed by the standards of our world.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3-10.
The Greek word used in this passage as blessed has the same meaning as fortunate. You may be thinking you are not fortunate because you are not healthy, and you look around at so many other people who seem to have it all and seem so blessed by God, a lot more fortunate than you are. But notice that when Jesus listed the people who were blessed He did not say, blessed are those who are arrogant and self-confident, blessed are those who are joyful, blessed are the bold and assertive, blessed are those who are filled with righteousness, blessed are the unkind, blessed are those with unpure motives, blessed are those who cause trouble, or blessed are those who live a trouble-free life. No, Jesus said you are blessed. You are lacking these things but are blessed because you have Him. He is your source of power, of joy, of all things good and this source of blessing will last for eternity. Yours is the kingdom of heaven, you will be comforted, you will inherit the earth, you will be filled with righteousness, you will obtain mercy, you shall see God and be called the sons of God!
In my next few entries, we will dig deeper into how we seemingly unfortunate people who are ill really are fortunate. It just might change your perspective.