The Beatitudes make up several verses of the Biblical book of Matthew .
Matthew recorded these lessons that Jesus taught in his “Sermon on the Mount”, some of the most well known and often quoted verses of the Bible.
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Finding “Our Utmost”
Also well known and often quoted is a daily devotional book, “My Utmost for His Highest”, by Oswald Chambers. Some consider it the most beloved devotional book of all time.
Chambers was a Scottish Bible teacher in the early 1900s who was popular due to his penetrating examination of the Bible. After his death his wife Biddy chose many of his talks and published them as a book of daily devotions.
Now almost 100 years later, Christians still find comfort and challenge from his pointed observations and interpretation of scripture.
Here is an excerpt from the devotional for July 25 in which he reflects on Matthew 5:3-10.
“The Beatitudes seem merely mild and beautiful precepts for all unworldly and useless people but of little practical use in the stern world in which we live.
…we have to decide whether we will accept the tremendous spiritual upheaval that will be produced in our circumstances if we obey His words.
The teaching of Jesus is out of proportion to our natural way of looking at things and it comes with astonishing discomfort to begin with. “
Oswald Chambers’ book continues to be available in print and now through modern technology another way to access his insights-
the My Utmost for His Highest app for iPhone and iPad
Read daily inspiration from My Utmost For His Highest in the edition of your choice.
- 365 days of thought-provoking devotions.
- Automatically opens to the current daily reading.
- Join the conversation on each day’s reading.
- Set reading reminders.
- Download on the App Store
Listen to music inspired by the devotionals
Author Kim Phuc Phan Thi also referenced a Beatitude in her memoir Fire Road
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6)
“I would run my finger along those phases, wondering if those words could really be true. If I pursue your ways, God, will you really satisfy that which is hungry in me?”
excerpt from FIRE ROAD
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Share your personal reflection
After you read through the Beatitudes, leave a comment- which one makes you the most uncomfortable and why? Is it good to feel uncomfortable sometimes?
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