What Jesus Did! 'Upside Down to the World' — Matthew 5:5

Thursday, February 9, 2017

"What great blessings there are for the people that are humble! They will have the land {God promised}."
— Matthew 5:5 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 5:5 NLT — "What great blessings there are for the people that are humble! They will have the land {God promised}."

Key Thought

Everything in our culture and experience says the meek and the humble will get run over and will be targets for bullies. But God says these are the very ones to receive the earth as an inheritance. Why? Because their strength comes from their dependence upon God and not upon worldly power, an accumulation of possessions, or unleashed violence. They don't try to break the grip of oppression by power, but by their undaunted faithfulness in the face of unfairness, abuse, and difficulty. Character and faithfulness provide their power to change others, not political might or monetary power. Jesus, of course, is the example of this kind of humility. All of God's promised blessings will come to the humble in the Kingdom family where the first will be last and the last will be first and the greatest of all is a servant.

Today's Prayer

Almighty God, help me to be patient and wait for your vindication and not extract a cheap, selfish revenge on others. I trust your faithfulness to bring about what is right and vindicate your servants. I know, through Jesus, that you will bring victory to your faithful and humble servants. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Philippians 2:5-11
  • Proverbs 15:33
  • Colossians 3:12-14


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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