Hope brings joy and joy makes all the difference.
Whad’ya think? Is it true? Is it true, for you?
I heard a preacher once say that in a believer’s life at any one time, we have to deal with “good and bad things” simultaneously. There are things that are easy to swallow. Good news from a relative, the anticipation of a new job, a raise at your current job, the achievement of a worthwhile goal. Maybe you hear that a friend is getting married, is going to have a baby, is coming to visit.
Anything that leaves you excited or creates warm fuzzy feelings when you think about them. These all qualify.
Conversely, while we celebrate good news, we may also be dealing with things that are hard to take. The loss of a job, the death of a loved one, bad news from the doctor, the pain of being alone.
Things that make us sad are inevitable. We all have to deal with them.
The preacher said that quite often, we are called to celebrate and mourn all at once and the oil that makes this “roller coaster life” bearable is something called joy but joy comes to those who have hope.
Take it to the bank. Joy is ours because Jesus is ours, forever. He is there in the good times and bad. He is there when we feel his nearness and when we feel nothing. We know this because He is faithful and true. He cannot and does not lie.
If you’ve lost your joy the chances are that you’ve forgotten your hope. There are remedies for this of course. Reading the Scripture, meditating on his promises, singing his praises, basking in his presence.
I take it you know how that works because I can see that smile breaking out on your face! 🙂
Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; praise his holy name. For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. Psalm 30: 4-5
Something to think about.