Celebration of Hope: Day 8

You Will Be Satisfied 


 
Read Luke 6:20–26
 
Looking at his disciples, [Jesus] said:
 
“Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God.
 
Blessed are you who hunger now,
for you will be satisfied.
 
Blessed are you who weep now,
for you will laugh.
 
Blessed are you when people hate you,
when they exclude you and insult you
and reject your name as evil,
because of the Son of Man.
 
Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.
 
But woe to you who are rich,
for you have already received your comfort.
 
Woe to you who are well fed now,
for you will go hungry.
 
Woe to you who laugh now,
for you will mourn and weep.
 
Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you,
for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.”
 
Reflect
 
Scholars have debated for centuries what exactly Jesus meant by these words. But what we must notice as we read through them is the truth that God sees us. He is not blind to us, turned away, and disinterested. He sees us in the midst of our most painful moments and seasons, whether we are suffering because of poverty, hunger, grief, or insults and exclusion. There is also a warning in Jesus’ words for those of us who are too comfortable and close our eyes to the people around us who are suffering. The love Jesus calls us to is costly and uncomfortable. Do our lives reflect that kind of love?

 

  • Reflect on how you feel when you read this passage. What emotions get stirred in you? What resistance do you feel? 
     
  • What sense of hope do you see in today’s passage for the people in our world who are suffering because they don’t have enough to eat? How is God inviting you to be a source of hope to the hungry?
     
  • Each time you eat a meal or a snack today, say a prayer for those in the world who don’t have enough to eat. To make your prayer more specific, pick a country or location where people are suffering with hunger and pray specifically for the children in that place. 

Respond
 
Father, thank You for the truth revealed by Jesus’ words in this passage that You see me. You know when I am hurting and You know when my heart is filled with joy. Wherever I find myself, You are there, seeking to bless and comfort with Your presence. Help me to be a source of hope for people in the world who are hungry. Show me a specific way I can share what You’ve given me to bless others. And God, may I never grow so comfortable that I close my eyes to those who are suffering. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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