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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

May the Name of the Lord Be (Joyfully) Praised!

            Have you had your JOY JUICE today?  Even when we are hurting…we can still find joy in relationship with God.

            Many people think a good God can only allow prosperity and happiness. They think that if God is a loving God, He will not let bad things happen. Some feel that suffering is God’s judgment for sin…but this isn’t always true.  Suffering is sometimes God’s way to teach, discipline and refine, but God’s love is everlasting. We don’t have to do anything to earn it.

            When you feel that you have more trouble than you can possibly face, please be reminded that you are NEVER alone!  It often seems that life is unfair.  But when we trust that God is going to do what HE knows is best, regardless of what we think is fair, we can rest in that assurance.  It is far more important to note that God continually demonstrates His love and care for us than it is to wonder “why” He is allowing certain things to happen.  Sometimes we are so focused on our problems, that we miss the MANY blessings that are ours every day.

            Remember Job in the Old Testament?  This man knew what suffering meant!  He lost EVERTHING….but the scriptures tell us that he fell to the ground in WORSHIP and said:

            Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked I will depart.
The LORD gave and the Lord has taken away; May the name of the LORD be praised.”

            Are we like Job in that we can give thanks and praise to God in all circumstances?

            Drink your JOY JUICE in the good times and the times of suffering. “May the name of the LORD be praised!”

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