God has given us salvation. He loves us. God is working in our lives. He is in control. Our hope is in Him. Jesus is coming back! Our sorrow shall be turned into joy. Jesus is preparing a home for us in heaven. We will see Him and be with Him. Our joy is in Him. This is our strength to carry on.
It’s all good.
A Resilient Joy
by Dr. Paul Chappell
“Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
Author Jim Loeher once wrote of a study he had observed, “Researchers have found no correlation between income levels and happiness. Between 1957 and 1990 income levels in the United States doubled. Yet at the same period, people’s levels of happiness did not increase. In fact, reports of depression actually increased ten fold. Incidence of divorce, suicide, alcoholism and drug abuse also rose dramatically.”
Yesterday we saw that God gives us hope and joy in our lives. No matter what circumstances come into our lives, we can look to Him for joy. We saw that we must encourage ourselves by thinking of our salvation and by helping others. Today, let’s see why we can have joy even during difficulties.
First, we can have joy because we know God is working. Hebrews 12:6-7 says, “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?” God tells us that He corrects those He loves! When difficulties or trials come into our lives, we can have joy knowing that God is molding us so He can use us!
God often works in our lives through difficulties. Romans 5:3-4 says, “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope.” Can you think back to the times when God was teaching you the most? More than likely, that teaching came through a time of correction or difficulty. We can have joy during times of difficulty because we know God is working in our lives!
Second, we can also have joy because Christ is coming again. John 16:20-22 says, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.” One day our Lord will return and take us home to Heaven for all eternity!
Friend, think about this fact: right now God is preparing a home for you in Heaven. This isn’t a normal home made of plaster and stucco. It isn’t a home that has a lock on the doors. And it isn’t a home that will decrease in value. This home is built by our Lord. There is no crime in the neighborhood, violence in the streets, or vandalism on the block. There is no death, pain, sorrow, or hurt. The neighbors won’t be too loud, no dogs will be there to scare you, and the lawn won’t require upkeep! Best of all, we will live with our Lord of Lords and will worship Him forever. What an encouraging thought!
No matter what situation we are in, we can have joy. We know that God brings trials and difficulties into our lives to mold us so He can use us. We must not become angry or discouraged, but we must have joy and allow God to work in our lives. We can also have joy because we know that Christ is coming soon to take us home to Heaven.
Do you have joy in your life today? It doesn’t matter what you are going through, you can have joy. Spend time with God now and ask Him to help you have joy. Let Him work in your life and remain joyful as you faithfully serve Him today.
Devotionals: Daily in the Word