Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Full of Joy - Bonita Y. McCoy

Proverbs 10:28a “The hope of those who do right is joy and celebration.” (The Voice).

Someone today remarked that Christians should be the most joy – filled people on the planet.

And they were right. We should have a continual celebration in our hearts over our salvation and our surety in the Lord.

Now, I know that life is full of difficulties and hard circumstances. Loving others is not for the faint of heart. It can bring with it sorrow, loneliness, hurt, and pain. The fact is we live in a fallen world.  Sin seeps in no matter how hard we try to keep it out.

However, God tells us that life is good and sweet. He reassures us that He walks with us through all the valleys and that even in those hard, hurting places we can still find His joy.

In Ecclesiastes 9, Solomon encourages us to seize life. He instructs us to “eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do.”

We must look for the joys, the blessings, the Lord has set in our lives as we walk this journey. The road is not always easy, but the joy of the Lord is always with His children. It is our strength. It gives us hope.

Challenge: During this Christmas Season, look for the joyful moments in your life. Thank the Lord for them and tuck them in your heart as love notes from the Father.

Finding God’s grace,