So delicate are their wings, the little moths that fly around our light bulbs, getting into our homes at night. One landed on my bible in my lap and I nearly swatted it off, but something touched me when I saw it land right in the middle of Matthew as Lawrence and I were studying.
The little creature God created landed smack dab in the middle of Matthew 5:36-37! I was fixin’ to lose my temper and just at that precise moment I was about to flare up and say something smart to my husband that little critter landed and faced directly at me pointing it’s antennae at me, and stretched out his wings flat out, covering God’s Word. His iridescent wings, and fearless assurance that I would not swat it amazed me, and I meditated a minute on our Creator’s majesty, and felt I had received an immense lesson within a matter of seconds. I learned that I need to be more like the silver moth, which is fragile, beautiful, agile, gentle, free and calm, having a blessed assurance that the Lord is taking care of me.
Earlier in the day Lawrence had skillfully maneuvered a discussion that began in Sunday school, which could have escalated into an argument between me and the pastor, and so here it was 10:30 Sunday night, that the discussion is so important to us that Lawrence gets out his Sunday school teaching booklet, because he thinks he’s right and I disagree! So, armed with his teacher’s manual and I with my Dake’s KJV reference bible, we both turn to Matthew 5:3, occasionally allowing Webster’s dictionary to be our referee!
Matthew 5:3 – “3Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
We studied the Beatitudes; verses 1-16, but I got hung up on “what exactly is the poor in spirit?” Someone said they thought it was a person who does not believe in God. Well, that’s not what my references say, said I. So I asked what his teacher’s manual said about it, because I saw a heading entitled “Be Poor in Spirit” and I quote “The poor in spirit are not arrogant but are driven by love and compassion.” I concluded poor in spirit means to be driven by love and compassion, the pastor disagreed, and the debate was on!
Corner your pastor and ask him or her! I share the following references.
Matthew 11:28-30 – “28Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Psalm 51:17 – “17The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”
Isaiah 57:15 – “15For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”
Isaiah 66:2 – “ 2For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.”
To me, to be poor in spirit is to know that I am nothing without God, but through Him I can do all things. In and of myself I am nothing, but through my faith in Jesus, I can approach the throne of God, assured that God loves me and wants to bless me profusely. God blesses those who seek Him.
“Seek and ye shall find.” I shall keep on seeking, trusting the Holy Spirit will teach me!
John 14:26 – “26But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”