Have you ever waited impatiently for God to do something in your life? Have you ever learned after some struggles that God’s plan didn’t mirror your own? Have you ever wondered why God allows people to experience sickness?
We all have desires and dreams for our lives. When things don’t go as expected, we are caught by surprise. The world says we’ll be happy when we possess what we desire. Even in spiritual circumstances, we still think like the world if we believe joy is dependent on something desired. “I will have joy when I find Mr. Right, when the Lord allows me to have a baby, when God cures my cancer.”
This kind of thinking destroys our faith in God. It is He who allows trials to come into our life, and we must accept without objection. Joy is not dependent on “when,” but is abiding and available for all believers in spite of our circumstances. Christ should be the cause of our joy, not the end result – finding a life mate, having a baby, being cured of cancer. It is in the process of patiently bearing that we become partakers of Christ’s sufferings. Joy is deep-seated trust in God for His will in our own personal lives. Abiding joy is continuing to believe this while enduring without yielding. He knows the rest of the story!
Am I willing to accept that God knows and wants what is best for my life? I must keep my eyes off the circumstances of my trials and turn them upon the Lord Jesus Christ. He is constantly abiding, and my joy must abide, too.
I Peter 4:12-13; 19 “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange think happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy…Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their own souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.”
September 20, 2001
Printed in Rich Dwellings – A Ladies Devotional Book