February 21: The Source of Our Joy

“Though the fig tree may not blossom,nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls –Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation” (Habakkuk 3:17-18).

When God’s people suffer hard things in this life, our source of joy remains the same. Though creature comforts are a blessing to be enjoyed, they are never the real source of our joy. We joy in our salvation, like Habakkuk says, even if the externals fade away. If we get this straight, we are able to walk through hard times and continue to rejoice in the midst of them. But how do we do this?

The first thing we must do is cultivate a culture of gratitude in our homes. Gratitude for everything all the time. If we are grateful for the sunshine, we are also grateful for the drizzle and gray, remembering it’s those wet days that bring the food to the table.

Secondly, we admire His Providence. We receive all things from God’s hand, knowing He is sovereign over all, and orders all things for our good and His glory.

Third, we believe His promises. He is true to His Word. The Lord is our strength and help. This is why we can joy in our salvation and rejoice in the Lord no matter what’s in the cupboards or in the bank account. We can joy in Him though we have loved ones who are sick or in trouble. We trust Him.

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulations, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?…(Rom. 8:35). “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38).

The source of our joy is always the same, despite changing circumstances. Nothing can change this. Nothing can get in between you and your joy in the Lord.

“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men.  The Lord is at hand” (Phil 4:4-5).

 

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5 thoughts on “February 21: The Source of Our Joy

  1. Thank you for this. It was very timely for me as my newborn son is in the NICU and we are waiting to go home. It has been one of the hardest weeks of my life, but we are praying without ceasing and rejoicing always.

  2. Thank you Mrs Wilson! We have had some major life changes occur the last few months that so far I’ve been handling ok but the last few days I’ve felt a bit of worry creep in…..maybe due to the fact that my due date is rapidly approaching……your article was just the reminder that I needed to take a deep breath and smile today.

  3. “we admire His Providence. We receive all things from God’s hand, knowing He is sovereign over all, and orders all things for our good and His glory.” I want to go past looking or believing to admiring His Providence. I’d never thought of admiring as the verb properly attached to Providence. You said this so beautifully… a true admonishment- Thank you.

  4. This is so easier said than done. It takes practice and an ongoing repentant heart – a turning away from our ingratitude. But I have found that if I just keep taking that little step, and thanking Him for those very things you listed, He gives me joy. Amen, and amen. :)

    Great article and blog. Thank you for writing.

    ~Brenda

  5. Mrs. Wilson – Thank you for that post. My husband and I are currently facing the impending furlough of Department of Defense employees. Your post is exactly what I needed to be reminded of this morning. Thank you!

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