Happy Monday Everyone,
The scripture for today is Isaiah 29:19
Isaiah 29:19 The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
All of the qualities of character that God desires in His children are shown to us in Christ. Jesus is our example in all things. He directs us to "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls." Matthew 11:29Meekness is not weakness; rather, it is power under control. It is a disposition that is surrendered to the will of another, namely God. It is strength that is available not for selfish benefit but for the benefit of others. It is a quality that comes from God.
Christ through His humility and selfless life demonstrated for all humanity the life of meekness while at the same time demonstrating the power of God. He gave up His position in Heaven to live a life among the poor. "For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might be rich." 2 Corinthians 8:9 Life among the affluent was not a pursuit of Christ. He chose to live a life that we would consider deprived. "And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has nowhere to lay His head." Luke 9:58But Christ was hardly deprived; instead, His focus was not on things that men valued but rather on things that produce eternal riches for many. The result of such a focus, rather than being a life of misery and deprivation, is the increase of "joy in the LORD." While the world pursues wealth and tries to secure happiness through materialism, the children of God "shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel." We are the most blessed people on the face of the earth because, irrespective of circumstances and conditions, we can cling to the promises of God and "abide under the shadow of the Almighty." Psalm 91:1
God bless you as you continue in His service.