“Burdened or Blessed?”

When you go to the hospital, the doctor may ask you about your level of pain.  He or she is trying to see how uncomfortable you are, on a scale of 1 to 10: “Are you mildly upset, is it medium pain, or is it the worst pain ever?”

Many people in the church today are much too comfortable– that is, they are not burdened by their sin.  In the prophet Amos’ day, the people of Judah were desensitized to their sin, and they were openly rebelling against God.

In order to know the sweetness of God’s grace and mercy to us in Jesus Christ, we need to first be burdened by our sin and its consequences.  Jesus essentially said, “Happy are those who are unhappy.” Why?  Because the desperation in the human heart for healing is meant to drive us to God, to the only one who can completely rescue, redeem, and restore.

[4] “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. (Matthew 5:4)

[6] “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. (Matthew 5:6)

[8] “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. (Matthew 5:8 ESV)