June 13, 2021
Fortunate are the Unfortunate
Consider for a moment those times in life when you feel alright –when you feel at peace. What are the conditions that cause that or allow for that?
Next, think about the times in your life when you don’t feel alright –when you don’t feel at peace. What’s gone wrong?
Now, for our final query, how much time do you spend trying to be in the first category and not the second? If you’re like most of us, you spend much of your waking energy trying to build a life that keeps you feeling alright and at peace. We want to be ok. We want to live at peace.
So imagine the shock and surprise you’d experience if Jesus walked up to you and turned that all around by saying, “Happy are those who experience deep sadness.” It’s counter-intuitive and it goes against everything we’re striving so hard for. How could it possibly be true?