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Joy Comes

May 21, 2020

Right now as this pandemic drags on for months, people are growing weary.  Many are struggling with depression.

There is hope.

I.  Laughing Will Come:  Job 8:21

He will yet fill your mouth with laughing,
And your lips with rejoicing.

Job had experienced tremendous loss and suffering.  His friends did not offer much comfort, but this line really stood out to me.  I believe it to be true.  Our days of difficulty will come to an end some day.  There will again be a time of laughter and rejoicing.

We do not need to minimize the pain of the moment.  Right now, many are suffering, but there is hope for tomorrow.

II.  Joy Comes:  Psalms 30:5*

For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for life;
Weeping may endure for a night,
But joy comes in the morning.

Right now, things are still difficult for many people.  Things will get better.  We do not have to think of this as a single night, but rather as a period of time.

It is also not necessary to think of this as an act of God’s anger or judgment.  It could be judgment against sin, but it could also simply be a test.  What will we do during difficult days?  Will we give up?  Or will we trust God and wait for the morning to come

III.  Rejoice in the Lord  Philippians 4:4-8

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

These verses provide direction for how a believer should deal with difficult times.

First, we rejoice in the Lord.  God loves us and allows us the privilege of having fellowship with Him.  Nothing in this world compares to what it is like to spend time in the presence of God.  The more that we are able to be aware of His presence with us the less the troubles of this world will bother us.

Secondly, anything that does concern us, we can bring to God in prayer.  We know that He hears us and is able to help us.  We can trust Him.  God can give us the wisdom to know what we should do and the strength to do it.  He will also intervene on our behalf according to His will.  We should pray until the peace of God comes to our hearts.  It will come.

Third, look around you.  There is always something good to see.  This is not the same as closing our eyes to evil.  We pray about what is bad.  We take appropriate action to correct wrongs.  When that work is done, or when we simply need a break, we should look at the good.  Even in the midst of despair, there is beauty to be seen.

IV.  The Path of Life Psalms 16:11

You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

If we follow God, it is a really good thing.  He will direct us through the difficulties of this life.

Life with God is a good thing.

Even in the days of darkness.

 

*This is the recommended memory verse for this week.  All scriptures quoted are from the New King James Version of the Bible.  Any advertisments that may appear are placed by WordPress.  I have no control over them, nor do I receive any money from them.

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