BLESSED ARE THE PURE IN HEART
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
All of us are looking for happiness, or like Jesus said, blessedness. Every person and every creature in God’s creation are looking for their version of pleasure. The bird is looking for his worm, the cat is looking for it’s rat, the beagle is baying for it’s rabbit, all of us are looking for something. With humans it gets more complicated, because of our fallen nature, the pursuit of joy has taken on some twisted characteristics. The drunk is looking for another drink, the unfaithful man looking for happiness in the arms of “another woman”, and the depressed wife is looking for relief in her bottle of pills. All of us are looking for the same thing, the question is, “Where can I find this happiness that will last?” This was one of Jonathan Edwards’ favorite topics, some think he knew only about hell, but Edwards also knew about the pleasures of God. Here is an excerpt from his sermon, “Blessed Are the Pure in Heart”.
“We never can find anything here below that shall make us so happy, but that we shall have grief and pleasure mixed together. This world, let us make the best of it, will be spotted with black and white, varied with clouds and sunshine. And to them who yield their hearts to it, it will yield pains as well as pleasure. But this pleasure of seeing God, can suffer no mixture. For this pleasure of seeing God is so great and strong that it takes the full possession of the heart. It fills perfectly full, so that there shall be no room for any sorrow, no room in any corner for anything of an adverse nature of joy. There is no darkness that can bear such a powerful light. It is impossible that they who see God face to face, who behold his glory and love so immediately as they do in heaven, shall have any such things as grief or pain in their hearts. When once the saints are come into God’s presence, tears shall be wiped from their eyes, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. The pleasure will be so great, as to fully and perfectly employ every faculty: the sight of God’s glory and love will be so wonderful, so engaging to the mind, and it shall keep all the powers of it in such strong attention, that the soul will be wholly possessed and taken up.”
Joy is a funny thing. Sometimes it is found in the strangest and most unexpected places. Maybe you have been looking for happiness and it seems to be just out of your reach. Maybe it is because you are created in the image of God and nothing in this earthly realm can ever get the job done. Maybe the worm works for a bird and the rabbit for the beagle but you are not so easily satisfied. What will work for you. You will be satisfied when you behold the beauty of the Lord, nothing less will do.