Have you had your Joy Juice today? Keep in mind that the Lord’s Fountain of Joy never runs dry.
Each of us has our own set of challenges. It may be financial difficulties, loss of a job or trouble at the workplace; maybe it’s family issues or sickness or the devastating loss of a loved one. No matter our age or gender, we all find ourselves at one time or another facing hard circumstances.
In her book, Expecting to See Jesus, Anne Graham Lotz writes: “Sometimes God wraps His glory in hard circumstances or ugly obstacles or painful difficulties, and it just never occurs to us that within those life-shaking events is a fresh revelation from Him.”
As we ponder these wise words, we must realize that our God is a good God and though we must face the certain pain that the reality of life brings, He has our best interest at heart. His unconditional, unending love for us, His children, is always available. Perhaps a good passage to read and meditate on and even memorize would be the verses that David wrote in Psalm 40:1-3:
“I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God….”.
Waiting patiently is not an easy thing to do; but know that a “new song of joy” is coming and we can trust the Lord.