Friday, March 06, 2009
Blessing, promise, and the desires of God
In the beatitudes, each blessing is accompanied by a promise. Each one is tied to the good that God has planned. The beatitudes are a glimpse of the world to come, a glimpse of the future where the promises are fulfilled. Does heaven fulfill God’s own desires as much as our own? The beatitudes, then, show us God’s own desires. He is pleased to give us the kingdom of heaven. He desires to comfort us. He has always planned to give us the earth. He intends for us to be well satisfied with justice and righteousness, and he desires to show us mercy. He plans that the pure in heart shall see God, and has always desired for us to know him.