From Wisdom for Each Day by Billy Graham
Poor in Spirit, Part I
“Blessed are the poor in spirit.” - Matthew 5:3
At first these words of Jesus sound like a contradiction. What did He mean by being “poor in spirit”—and how could it lead to blessing?
If we are to be poor in spirit, we must be aware of our spiritual poverty. (No one is more pathetic than the person who is in great need and is not aware of it!) Only God can satisfy our soul’s emptiness—its deepest longings, desires, and appetites— but not everyone recognizes that truth and turns to Him.
The soul requires as much attention as the body. It demands fellowship and communion with God. It demands worship, quietness, and meditation. Unless the soul is fed and exercised daily, it becomes weak and shriveled.
Wise, then, is the person who openly confesses their lack of spiritual wealth and in humility cries out, “God, be merciful to me a sinner!” (Luke 18:13 nkjv). In God’s economy, spiritual emptiness comes before filling, and, spiritual poverty before riches. Happiness, Jesus said, comes from admitting our spiritual poverty, and then asking Him to come into our lives. Has this happened to you?
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