Posted on Monday, June 10, 2013 in Uncategorized
Blessed be 84-year-old Gloria C. Mackenzie who purchase a Powerball lottery ticket, the same ticket that would win her $590 million, the largest undivided lottery jackpot in history. 1
Blessed by Gloria, and against all odds, blessed be the poor, hungry, grief-stricken and terrorized. Those were the people surrounding Jesus.
Throughout history the poor, hungry and grieving have been esteemed as noble; that because of their circumstances they are blessed from God. 2
Oddly, there are also many who – like in the book of Job – look on the poor, hungry and grieving and assume their circumstances are because of their own misdeeds. “They have sinned and deserve it.”
In 2009 I heard Peter Haas of Substance Church teach about this. He said, God’s very name is Comfort. God’s the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,” wrote Paul of Tarsus. 3
Peter Haas continued, “Everybody say ‘ALL.’ God comforts us in…ALL our troubles. Not just some, ALL. God comforts us in ALL. Even the ones we deserve!” 4
Despite our foolishness and rebellion, against the odds, God’s comforts those willing to receive God’s comfort.
It’s not wishful thinking, God really does want to comfort us.
God will comfort the desperate and all who will address their need for God’s divine comfort.
God extends mercy to the deserving and the undeserving. That’s why it’s called mercy, not merit.
1 – According to a Huffington Post report by Ryan Grenoble
2 – Dallas Willard’s book Divine Conspiracy influenced me throughout this series
3 – 2 Corinthians 1:3, NKJV
4 – Substance Church, October 4, 2009