The FBE-er: Weep for Joy

Interpretation of these beatitudes reflect the work of Mark D. Rotramel in his doctoral work, “Enhancing Transformational Leadership of Deacons Through A Spiritual Formation Model Using the Beatitudes in a Series of Lectio Divina Prayer Experiences.”

Blessed are those who are brokenhearted over this broken world,

 for they will be comforted.


Broken hearted over this broken world” –

Those who mourn


Those who were “poor” in Isaiah 61, were also mourners in need of comfort – Isa 61:2-3.

They mourned because they suffered.

They mourned because the world was broken – pain, suffering, and hopelessness should not be present.

They mourned because they knew how things should be, and the present reality was shatteringly disheartening.


Laughing, in the Old Testament, usually signified someone who rejected God’s role in their life.  Sarai laughed at God when He told her she would have a child in her old age.

Weeping reveals utter dependency on God.


As someone learns to lose hope in their own power and authority [[poor in spirit]], and they catch a glimpse of the Kingdom of God…

the wretchedness of their own lives and of the state of the world becomes piercing.


What can the poor in spirit do but mourn?
Laughing and rejoicing at this point would be to reject the vision of the Kingdom set before them.
It would be to look at their sin soaked lives floating in a sin soaked world and proclaim through chuckles, “This is alright!”

Those laughs will not lead to joy… not in the end.


They will be comforted

The exiles would be comforted in the reestablishment of God’s intimacy – He would establish His rule and reign in them once again.  He would bring them back home in His reign.


Jesus has forever made God available to Kingdom citizens. 

Jesus declares God’s forgiveness of sins, and points forward to the day when all things will be made right.


Standing in that Kingdom now brings comfort even in the midst of calamity.  Suffering is declared temporary.  Comfort is eternal.


This comfort draws the disciple ever inward toward deeper dependency on Christ.  And Christ is faithful – deeper dependency on Christ produces deeper intimacy with Christ.


Comfort is eternal and exponential. 


Blessed are those who are brokenhearted over this broken world,


 for they will be comforted.

If God has revealed to you your emptiness…
If He has made the sad state of the world plain to you…

Don’t try to get over it.  There is no joy in laughter of denial. 

All too often we walk through life superficially – unwilling to absorb the hurt.  We make flippant jokes to shield our hearts from engaging reality deeply.

All of this while we claim to follow the One who allowed all the sin of the world to enter into His body on the tree.

Aren’t you glad Jesus didn’t laugh in the face of sin and death.
The “man of sorrows acquainted with grief” (Isaiah 53:3) has brought Joy to the world.

If we want joy on the other side of “poor in spirit,” we must learn to

weep for joy.




I've been on staff at FBE since 2012. Where I first was hired as a creative coordinator, I am now the Pastoral Assistant. I married my beautiful best friend, Ashley Garcia on December 19, 2015. Knowing God is a constant and endless pursue, third wave coffee is a must, punk rock and hardcore keep my spirits high.

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