Luke 6: 17-26
And he came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. And those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all the crowd sought to touch him, for power came out from him and healed them all.
And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said:
“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
“Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.
“Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.
“But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.
“Woe to you who are full now, for you shall be hungry.
“Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.
“Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.
Jesus looked on his disciples. He is teaching opposites, nothing stays the same. He is teaching the temporary nature of our existence. He is teaching where our focus must remain. We experience emotions attached to our present status as viewed by ourselves and others. Those emotions change as the status changes. Nothing remains as it is. When we are up we say there is no way but down. When we are down we say there is no way but up. Jesus says that here; it is similar to what is spoken in the old testament. Are we at the effect of our circumstances? Yes. How much depends upon how much weight we give circumstances. How much depends upon the attitude of our mind.
When we keep looking to the Lord for strength, provision, guidance we can rejoice and leap for joy no matter the circumstances. We rest in Him and what He provides, not in ourselves and what we provide. In all things give thanks. Change is coming…we can count on it.