Tuesday March 12 2024

Source of Joy

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16

How often do your circumstances determine the level of your joy? What does that tell you about the source of your joy?

“How can we rejoice at a time like this?”

If you’ve been watching the news lately, you may be tempted to think, “How can we rejoice at a time like this?” It’s true that there is much for us to be grieved about. Nations are at war, people are dying violent deaths, crime is on the rise, natural disasters are causing devastating damage around the world…it goes on and on. But the truth is, the world has always had trouble in it. Jesus warned us that it would (John 16:33). So, how are we supposed to rejoice in the midst of the troubles?

It’s only when our joy is found in the Lord that we can rejoice even in our suffering. In Romans 5:1-5, Paul wrote: “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

Pray this week:

Lord, my hope is founded on You alone. You are the source of my joy and the strength of my heart (Psalm 73:26). I rejoice because my name is written in heaven (Luke 10:20). But I confess that there are times this world discourages me. In those moments, remind me of the everlasting joy I have in You. Amen.

 

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