“But this poverty of spirit is a gracious disposition of soul, by which we are emptied of self, in order to be filled with Jesus Christ.”
We won’t forget the Alamo. But four days at the National Bible Bee in San Antonio afforded even more glorious moments to remember.
But one stands above. It was when Isaac made me cry.
But hearing this Joshua recite my favorite Psalm is not what I’ll remember most.
But this humble example in speech, in faith is not what I’ll remember most.
But this time with Shirnette in the frying pan, before the fire is not what I’ll remember most.
But this Leary family’s costly devotion to the cause is not what I’ll remember most.
But singing this soul-stirring song with that joyous throng is not what I’ll remember most.
[T]o make Christ real to people and to show us who he really is in his glory so that we come to love him and trust him and obey him and show him to the world.
What this means is that the Holy Spirit is more likely to come power where the truth about Jesus is being lifted up and made plain. The Spirit loves to come and take the truth about Jesus and turn it into an experience of Jesus.
I sit beside Shirnette in the little judging room, and Isaac is escorted in. He’s the third of eleven to recite in this room this morning. He states his name and Bible version to the judges.
The timer is set for five minutes. And the moment begins.
The judge said, “Your first passage is John 4:21-25.” Isaac said, “Pass.”
The judge said, “Your second passage is 1 Corinthians 15:50-54.” Isaac said,“Pass.”
The judge said, “Your last passage is 1 Timothy 6:4-8.” Isaac said, “Pass.”
I hear the judge, again.
Thank you, Isaac. You have some time left. Is there a passage that you memorized that you’d like to recite for us?
Yes, please. I’d like to say Matthew 5:3-12.
Now he turns his back to the judges and faces us. And Isaac recites clearly, calmly, word-perfectly all ten verses of the Beatitudes.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth…
Matthew Henry said this blessed poverty of spirit is,
[A] gracious disposition of soul, by which we are emptied of self, in order to our being filled with Jesus Christ…we are thankful for what we have, and make the best of that which is. Being poor in spirit is to sit loose to the world and not set our hearts upon it, but cheerfully to bear losses and disappointments which befall us.
That’s why above all these precious moments, I pray I always remember when Isaac made me cry.