Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount has been referred to by some as his “manifesto”. Many manifestos are political. Eager to win popular support, candidates or leaders often exaggerate. They promise health, happiness, and prosperity.
Opponents are quick to point out that all this is impossible to guarantee—yet they make similar claims! Of course, Jesus isn’t campaigning for our vote. We know that when he says that something “will” happen, it’s completely different from the exaggerated promises of politicians.
Take time to reread the Beatitudes now, and substitute the word “might” for the word “will.” “They might be comforted. . . They might inherit the land.” Not so inspiring, is it? Now read them as they are written. In these words, the almighty Son of God is assuring you that you who are merciful, will receive mercy; that even though insults are hurled at you, you will have a great reward in heaven. Let that assurance deepen your faith in him.
We all know what it feels like when someone breaks their promise to us. In fact, we can become so accustomed to disappointment that we look skeptically at anyone who makes grand promises. That makes it hard for us to trust in Jesus’ words here. Do it anyway! Remind yourself that God’s promises are true because he is trustworthy (Hebrews 11:11). Remind yourself that he loves you and wants nothing more than to lift you up into his presence.
Today and every day, remind yourself that your faith and hope are in God, and he will never abandon you!