"When God’s Word is expounded in the power of the Spirit, we are forced, under its influence, to see ourselves in all our sinfulness. Thus, discovering ourselves, we become poor in spirit, mourn for our sins, and become meek before God…..but we have further spiritual need. Driven into ourselves, we now need to be driven out of ourselves. Martin Luther said that man’s basic problem was that he was ‘incurvatus in se’- turned in upon himself, or self centered. The work of God in giving us true knowledge of ourselves is not intended to increase this. Rather, it is the way to decrease it. For once we have discovered that we have no resources to save ourselves, we learn to look elsewhere-to Christ- to meet our needs, and also to meet the needs of the world in which we live. The fourth and fifth beatitudes tell us that hose who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be filled, and those who are merciful will receive mercy. These two beatitudes have a crucial significance in the spectrum of graces Jesus describes. They underline the fact that while me must discover the depths of our need, God does not intend that our lives should be paralyzed by our sense of need. Instead he intends that we should be turned away from ourselves to his righteousness, and finding his righteousness, we should be turned toward others in their need of mercy."
~ Sinclair Ferguson