If God can make them happy, they’ll follow Him; but if not, they’ll look elsewhere.
A couple who attended the church I pastored in California professed to be Christians. When I heard that they were going to a Science of Mind “healer,” I talked to the husband about the spiritual danger. They just wanted relief wherever they could find it.
That is the qualification to receive from God-to be spiritually hungry.
As Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (Matt. Righteousness refers to God’s holiness as personified in Jesus Christ.
He replied, “My wife is in pain; we’ll go where she can get relief.” They stopped coming to the church. I’ve known other professing Christians who walk out on their marriages or get involved in immorality because they’re seeking happiness above seeking God’s kingdom and righteousness.
The only thing I’ve ever inherited was an old TV set from Marla’s grandmother.
Trusting in God does not mean that we sit around and do nothing. She recognized God as her Savior (), implying that she was a sinner.
But it does mean that before we can do anything for God, we must recognize our own inability and rely on God for His grace and strength, so that He gets the glory. Let’s examine the first half of the proposition: 1. Mary is not speaking primarily of physical hunger or riches, but is using metaphorical language to speak of the spiritually hungry and the spiritually rich, or self-satisfied. God didn’t chose Mary to bear His Son because she was without sin.
Mary’s song (Luke -55, called the Magnificat, from the first word in Latin) tells us how to receive God’s blessings as Mary did.
In an earlier study of Luke, I covered the whole song.