CrossReads Weekly Devotional: Even If It Doesn’t Make Sense

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by Precarious Yates

Jesus’ words hold so much truth, even if they seem contrary to every modern ideology, even of they don’t make sense to the ears of most who hear. 

Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt 5:3)

None of us want to be poor, and few see poverty as anything but a curse. But Jesus says it’s a blessing. When we recognize our poverty, we can see the door to the Kingdom of Heaven. (Psst! Let me let you in on a secret: Jesus is the Door.)

Jesus said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” (Matt. 5:4)

There is so much going on right now and so much to mourn. But there is a blessing in the mourning, for there is Comfort. 2 Corinthians 1:3 says our God is the God of all comfort! Those odd emotions you’re feeling right now that you just can’t put your finger on: they’re shades grief. But God’s loving arms are right here to hold you through it. 

Jesus said, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matt. 5:5)

It seems that only the arrogant and most willing to exploit people and resources for their own gain are the ones inheriting the earth, but God says this:

For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land. 

In just a little while, the wicked will be no more; though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there. 

But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.  – Psalm 37:9-11

Jesus says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” (Matt 5:6)

While the world around us seems to have an insatiable hunger for violence, sex, theft, and destruction, when we continue to confess to God our hunger for His righteousness, if we forgo our own comforts to spend on the needy, we have blessings from His hand that cannot be measured on earth. 

Jesus said, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” (Matt 5:7)

What does mercy look like right now? Who can we show mercy to? Let’s dive into this and explore the sweet blessings of forgiveness, of loving our enemy, of turning the other cheek, of living contrary to popular culture and opinion. 

Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (Matt 5:8)

And so I yearn for purity, for I yearn to wake and see His face. And it’s His definition of purity that I’m after, and so I kneel and ask for revelation. 

Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” (Matt 5:9)

O my sister and brothers in Christ, the whole earth groans and longs for the sons and daughters of God to be revealed! It’s the peacemakers, the ones who long not just for an end to violence, but for reconciliation, and for healing of all the wounds that lead to violence. 

Jesus said, “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt 5:10)

So don’t be afraid of being misinterpreted or maligned. Like Jesus who went before us, “when he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.” – 1 Peter 2:23

And never forget that Jesus said, “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.

Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matt 5:11-12)

You are blessed! Let’s live in that blessing! Let’s be peacemakers together. 

Peace be unto you!

Precarious Yates

About the Author:

Precarious YatesPrecarious Yates has lived in 8 different states of the Union and 3 different countries, but currently lives in Texas with her husband, her daughter and their big dogs. When she’s not writing, she enjoys music, teaching, playing on jungle gyms, praying and reading. She holds a Masters in the art of making tea and coffee and a PhD in Slinky® disentangling.

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