March 22, 2010

A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 29



Monte Holland

This is the twenty-ninth in a series of daily Lenten devotionals called “Scriptural Lessons

Leading to a Godly and Moral Life.” To start the study, click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Introduction or

To view yesterday’s A DAILY ON-LINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 28

Lest we forget: Today’s photograph features St. Paul Episcopal Church in Brocton, Massachusetts—taken the afternoon of the Boston blizzard, February 16, 2003. To view click on:

Beatitudes – Third and Fourth

Matthew 5:5-6

 5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

 6 Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

     God blesses the meek. The Contemporary English Version uses the word humble as a synonym for meek. Meek sometimes may be misunderstood to mean “wimpy.” Don’t be mislead. The real meaning is humble. A humble person knows who he is, has backbone, but at the same time isn’t full of himself. He knows his value, but doesn’t allow his ego to overcome his senses.

     As we live with humility, what does inheriting the earth mean? I turn to Matthew Henry (the Bible commentator from over 300 years ago) for help: “Meekness, however ridiculed and run down, has a real tendency to promote our health, wealth, comfort, and safety, even in this world…. So that all the blessedness of heaven above, and all the blessings of earth beneath, are the portion of the meek.” We get an idea what inheriting the earthy may mean.

As to the second verse of the day, we surely get hungry (for food). I am a snacker—that is my downfall. Furthermore, it is Lent, and I should be getting my weight under control. Our having physical hunger, when we are really full, may be pointing to our spiritual hunger. While we hunger and thirst after righteousness, we allow other things get in the way (like snacking, texting on a cell phone, girl-watching, etc.). We let our nervous energy lead us on paths that keep us away from the real quest for righteousness and Godly, moral living.

REAL FILLING occurs as we experience the hunger and thirst for righteousness. Can we clear the deck of all the distractions and make room for the filling that will satisfy us? Seek the activities in life that brings that filling.

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