joy

As Christians, we tend to hold a very different perspective on certain subjects than folks who do not follow Jesus. JOY is one of those subjects

Psalm 30:4-5 MSG

God promised His children JOY, beginning with Job (Job 33:25-27). Later, Moses penned this promise:

. . .the Lord your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you will be altogether joyful.

Deuteronomy 16:15b RSV

But. . . as Robert Louis Stevenson once said, “Everyone, at some time or another, sits down to a banquet of consequences.” Moses also penned a promise and a warning from God. Ever notice how many of the promises are preceded with “if” ? If we/I get caught up in the chaos surrounding us, things can quickly become as bad for us as they are for unbelievers. Why?

โ€œBecause you did not serve the Lord your God with joyfulness and gladness of heart, by reason of the abundance of all things,

Deuteronomy 28:47

Joy, for Christ followers, is a matter of choice!

I have wondered, over the past three years–marred by a pandemic, wars in various place and natural disasters worldwide–how can we/I remain joyful in the face of such circumstances? The answer is really quite simple. King David knew the secret.

“. . . let all those who take refuge and put their trust in You rejoice; let them ever sing and shout for joy, because You make a covering over them and defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You and be in high spirits.

Psalm 5:11 AMP

Apostle Paul wrote of joy from a Roman prison, knowing full well the source of his choices.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Galatians 5:22

As I’ve navigated this season of darkness in the world, the lessons found in God’s Word direct me toward joy and peace, and regardless of the circumstances I agree with the psalmist who wrote:

sing and make melody, you steadfast lovers of God.
Give thanks to him every time you reflect on his holiness!
Iโ€™ve learned that his anger lasts for a moment,
but his loving favor lasts a lifetime!
We may weep through the night,
but at daybreak it will turn into shouts of ecstatic joy.

Psalm 30:4-5 TPT

In Christ, “Joy comes in the morning!”

inspirational thoughts

Ellen Lebsock View All →

๐Ÿ’œ CONTENTMENT COTTAGE ๐Ÿ’œ
Phil. 4.12-13
Contentment is not about getting what you want. Contentment is about wanting what you have. Grace & Peace ๐Ÿ•Š

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