Have you had your Joy Juice today? Is there a right way or a wrong way to drink in the joy of the Lord?
Throughout the Bible we are given instruction about which way to go. Much wisdom can be found in the pages of God’s Word. In Isaiah 30:21 we read:
"Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, 'This is the way; walk in it.'"
Do you recognize God’s voice when He is trying to show you the way? In this passage of scripture, the people of Jerusalem had left God’s path…and he had to correct them. He will do the same for us today, because of His love! We must be willing to listen and follow his voice of correction!
When Judah was prosperous and comfortable, they wouldn't listen to God. So He allowed them to go through times of adversity and affliction; the results---they began to hear God and be guided by Him again. It's always better to be uncomfortable and in tune with the Lord than to be comfortable and out of step with God.
(Life Application Bible footnote) Many times we are going to experience painful trials; but we must remember that God’s love never fails. Next time difficult times comes, may we each try to grow from the experience, learning what God wants to teach us. God may be showing His love by patiently walking with us through adversity and pointing the WAY---one step at a time.
May we remember that God will show us the way to JOY….but we must be listening to His voice and willing to follow!