I have teenagers come in my office quite frequently who are very troubled. And they want with all their hearts to be rid of their problems. But they don’t know how to get rid of those problems by themselves. They need help. So, even though I know what to do, in most cases, to help them, unless they’re willing to work hard, I can’t cause it to happen. They have to do a lot of it. And it’s like that with us and God. He has the power, but we have to be involved – to work at what He’s designed us to work on.
The third thing that I wanted to mention is the belief that the only way to learn anything is through hard knocks – the School of Hard Knocks. That is a very effective way to learn, and God is not bashful about dishing out hard knocks to us, if we need them. But we don’t have to learn that way – contrary to what a lot of people believe.
Matthew 11, verse 28 – Jesus said:
Mt. 11:28 – Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. My yoke is easy, and My burden is light. Does that sound like the School of Hard Knocks? It doesn’t. There is an easy way to learn, if we will. Now, sometimes we don’t, so God has to help us the other way. But as much as this way we can take on, the less hard knocks we have to go through. So think about that. We’re talking about the easy way today.
So, poverty of spirit. What is it again? Well, to quote from what we said previously, it’s to realize, in our deepest parts, that we are incomplete and have a deep need, and depend on, God for everything. It’s a self-emptying conviction that we’re void of spiritual understanding, except by God, and that we even draw our breath by His permission. In spiritual things, we are poor beggars, and in total lack, and helpless before God, and in physical things, totally at the mercy of time, chance, corruption, violence, and nature. So that’s it. That’s what we’re talking about understanding today.
So how do we do our part in that process? The first thing I would like to bring to your attention is, that God has give us all free will, and we have the ability to apply our minds to goals and, then, to seek them. We have mindfulness. We can think about things. And the more we think about them, the more likely they are to come true.
Jer. 29:11 – “For I know the plan I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope in the future. Then you will call upon Me, and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. And I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity.”