Let’s talk about God’s ways.
Now, God’s ways are innumerable so it is impossible for me to list all of his ways, but he has given us understanding, through his Holy Sprit, into his thought processes.
Let me explain:
In Matthew chapter 5, we are introduce to the Sermon on the Mount. Most notable for verses 3-11, Jesus explains to us the nature of God’s heart in relation to the kingdom.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” – Matthew 5:3-9, ESV
(This is a great chapter in scripture, so I encourage you to read the full chapter in great detail.)
Now let’s dissect these scriptures and gain a better understanding into God’s ways.
In Matthew 5:3, we see Jesus explain to his disciples that the “poor in spirit” have a place in the kingdom of heaven. Just as a disclaimer, Jesus was using this scripture to clarify to his disciples that having a humble spirit would enable them to tap into heaven’s resources, and tap into a deeper relationship with God.
In 1 Peter 5:5 it reads,
“Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.'” – 1 Peter 5:5, ESV
This is a great scripture to gain a better understanding at how God looks at heart posture. When we are humble towards God and towards others, he can use us in ways we can’t even imagine.
Matthew 5:4 explains to us the comforting side of God. Through God’s Holy Spirit, we as believers have access to the peace of God. The “peace that surpasses all understanding,” as referenced in Phillippians 4:7,
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Phillippians 4:7, ESV
Matthew 5:5 gives more credit to humility by declaring that the meek shall inherit the earth. God has given us ownership and dominion, but this ownership can only be truly realized when we submit ourselves to Christ.
Matthew 5:6 is a very powerful scripture. In it, Jesus is declaring to his disciples that they shall thirst for righteousness and be satisfied. But what does this really mean?
In the last days, when Jesus returns and brings his host of heavenly angels, those who are righteous in the eyes of God will be made judges.
In 1 Corinthians chapter 6, Paul explains this best by writing,
“When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world?” – 1 Corinthians 6:1-2, ESV
God has given to those who believe, heavenly endowments. He trusts us to live according to his will and to follow his statutes. Through Christ, we have been made righteous before God and he chooses to use us to judge the world. Not in the way that seeks condemnation towards others – Jesus Christ calls us to love one another – but in the way that is acceptable and pleasing to God, when Christ returns.
Matthew 5:7 declares to us God’s sovereignty and his right to show mercy to those who give mercy. This is a truth Jesus preached continuously throughout his ministry:
“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you…” – Matthew 6:14, ESV
In Matthew 5:8, Jesus describes God’s desire for intimacy with his children. It says, “blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” This is one of my most favorite pieces of scripture because it shows us that when we have a pure and perfect heart towards God, he rewards us by showing us himself. How amazing is that?!
The desire to have intimacy with God is truly a gift from God, because it allows us access into God’s deepest, most inner thoughts and characteristics. Only the pure in heart get this kind of relationship with the Almighty God.
And lastly, in Matthew 5:9, Jesus reminds his disciples their rightly position in the kingdom. That they are to be peacemakers in the world, and not those who cause chaos or confusion.
If you cause chaos or confusion and you claim to represent God, you are not serving your position and title well. Jesus says that the peacemakers shall be called the “sons of God,” meaning the heirs of God.
Strive for peace in all situations so that the peace of God may rest upon you, and so that the love of God may show through you.
For Jesus also said,
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” – Matthew 13:34-35, ESV
Grace and peace fam.