“So all the people departed to eat and drink and to share their food with others and to enjoy tremendous joy, for they had gained insight in the matters that had been made known to them.”
Returning to Israel, the people heard the word of God and celebrated the feast.
How does understanding God’s will contribute to our joy?
That’s the phrase I used, as I asked the Lord “for joy in time.” I think I know what I meant. (If not, you might recommend a good head doctor for me.)
How might this phrase be read, and what might we ask the Lord for, by the use of this phrase?
Your ideas are most welcome.
LIVING JOYFULLY BY DAY, SLEEPING PEACEFULLY AT NIGHT
It is wonderful to wake up in the morning from a peaceful night’s sleep and face the new day with joy and anticipation. I must confess that I have not always been as successful in doing either of these to the degree that I should have, but as I have gotten older I have grown in my appreciation of the fact that this is the way the Lord wants it to be, and I am thankful that I have grown in the ability to achieve that purpose. Continue reading
“But as a mountain falls and crumbles away, And as a rock is moved from its place; As water wears away stones, And as torrents wash away the soil of the earth; So You destroy the hope of man” (Job 14:18-19 NKJV). By the time we read the headlines, see network TV News, watch destructive TV shows or dismal movies, or listen to our dreary “friends,” it’s no wonder that “depression” has enveloped our land. Job voiced the danger of being surrounded by downers! But if we listen to God: Romans 15:13: “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing.” Christians learn to speak like Paul, “We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair” (2 Corinthians 4:8 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
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Or something like that. Yes, the Lord Jesus gave a command to rejoice. An imperative to be happy, Lk 10.20. That’s what we’ll study tomorrow at Taubaté in our series, “Commandments of Christ.”
An amazing thought, this command to rejoice, one that goes against a lot of psychobabble and man-made philosophy that teaches that emotions are uncontrollable. (Maybe this idea is the reason for modern society being in hot water.)
That’s one reason why we’re looking at this tomorrow, but another, larger one is that this command comes in the midst of the work of proclaiming the Good News. Now ain’t that a big thought!? Your biggest joy just might be in the middle of doing the great task of God, the mission of Christ, the preaching of the gospel, the salvation of souls.
But shhh! Don’t tell anybody the secret. We certainly wouldn’t want this to get out now, would we?
Dr. Don Curtis, in his book Human Problems and How To Solve Them, lists some depressing statements which indicate one is bored with life:
“Life has lost its meaning for me — I’m fed up”
“That gripes me — Everything’s a mess”
“I’m bored stiff — Everything bugs me”
“I’m sick and tired of it all — Life is the same old stuff”
Many of us have heard these same kinds of statements. Actor George Sanders wrote in his suicide note several years ago – “I am bored with living.” Why is it we try everything but the right thing to find joy in life? Why not try God? We’ve tried everything else: work, education, travel, entertainment, drugs, booze — none have given the happiness we seek. So, why not try God? This is Just-a-Minute.