“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5 : 3
“The poor in spirit” can be rephrased as “those who know their need of God”
Poverty is a hardship many in this world face and it affects all aspects of their lives, we would not dream of saying to them that they are blessed and not help them in any way. We can see people in the world who appear to have everything they could ever want but they do not seem happy. There are different kinds of poverty, financial, health and spiritual. We can easily get distracted by the day to day living of this earthly world and forget our need for God. We can separate our daily physical life from our spiritual life.
Leith Fisher in his exploration of Matthews gospel “But I say to you”, makes a helpful observation. That only in our poverty do we become aware of our dependence on God, the inadequacies of our own resources become clear and the help that we require from others to survive and flourish is revealed. This time in lockdown has made us aware of needs we did not know that we had, the everyday things of life that we had taken for granted have become much more important. We miss our family and friends, the physical contact with people. As we think about those we miss, let us consider how much God misses us when we do not respond to him.
When we are in relationship with the living God, we are rich indeed. We can trust that God can and will help us, whatever our need. We become stronger in our faith journey as we admit our weakness and dependence on God.
Prayer: Loving God, we want to tell you that we need you, we are sorry when we pull away and rely on our own strength. Thank you for loving and caring about every aspect of our lives. We are blessed. We pray for all those in financial, health or spiritual poverty, pour out your provision on them we pray in Jesus name, Amen.
Action: take time today to consider how much you depend on God and acknowledge that you need Him. Release yourself into His loving arms and rest there.