Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
This verse seems strange doesn’t it? Why would those who mourn, who weep, who suffer, be blessed?
James 1:2-3 says “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.”
We know that God does not waste a single tear. He hurts along with the hurting and He promises to repay beauty for ashes (Isaiah 61:3).
Our suffering is not meaningless, if it is surrendered to God. He can and will use it to refine us and purge the darkness within us. It is a constant source of awe and wonder to me that the Almighty Creator of the Universe would deign to care for us so deeply, that He is such a good Father that His highest desire is for us to be the best that we can be.
Throughout all my trials, there was one thing I was grateful for: I did not become bitter and hardened, or wall myself up against the pain, for I knew that was the enemy’s goal. Instead I allowed myself to remain sensitive and tender-hearted, despite the risk of more hurt.
Whether we mourn for others or for ourselves, in grief or in repentance, our pain brings us to a raw place, stripped of any illusion of control. Where -humbled, broken and hurting- we can finally meet God and ask Him to help. And boy, does He! He comforts us in every way possible, by healing and restoring the broken and the lost.
Yes, those who mourn are blessed indeed!