So we need joy today don’t we? Right smack dab in the middle of the hard places and the difficult roads. Yeah, right where it’s so difficult to find it sometimes. Where does it go when the troubles hit home and the friends fail, and the lonely road just gets longer, and family members don’t comply and finances wane, and health fails, and fame dies, and popularity takes a nose dive and your project gets rebuked and rejected and on and on and on it goes? Beautiful soul, What’s taken your joy today? If something truly has robbed us of joy, then we find it in all the wrong places. Well, dear ones, we’re instructed to look for it in the hard places and in James 1: 2-3, James reminds us of that when he writes, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” Yeah, those trials produce back bone and maturity in our walk. They help to grow us up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord! They take us to new heights, to new levels, to higher levels, to strengthening levels, to levels that defy the enemy and put him in his place ~ under the foot of our Saviour. Pure joy awaits here in the difficult, and even in the midst of them! Oh, the hard places can rob us of our joy if our focus isn’t on the sovereign God over the problem. He handles it! He takes care of it! He is our joy in those places of hardship and trying situations.
No joy today? Then get alone with your maker and the creator of the universe and life itself. When our lives centre around Him, joy abundant flows from the hem of His garment infiltrating every tiny detail of our circumstances. He’s there for you today! Seek His face and rejoice with the Psalmist in Psalm 28:7,
Psalm 28:7 “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.”
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