Friday, August 16, 2019
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
I haven't needed a mouse pad for ages. But the surface of my one-hundred-plus years, former drafting table upon which my computer perches has worn to an unresponsive sheen. The answer? Order that mouse pad, pronto!
Here is what arrives only two days after I place my order. Are these deliveries fast, or what?
So far, I'm loving the gel-packed wrist pad that cradles that most vital part of my body when engaged in web surfing. Such comfort! Even more important than that, however, is the Bible verse featured that reminds to always be joyful, no matter what life slings at me.
Be joyful . . .
This has nothing to do with being happy in the moment to moment, the day to day. Happiness is a feeling.
Joy is a promise.
It may be cliched to say, "Life isn't easy," but it's the truth. Jesus said we would have troubles in this world, and oh, boy! He wasn't kidding!
But Jesus gives us His peace, which passes all understanding, when we trust in Him. It is in that secure, safe place where my joy resides. Flourishes. Even when the world unleashes its tempests, threatening to swamp my little life boat with gloom and sadness, my happiness may vanish, but my joy remains anchored to the One on whom all my hope rests.
Yes, troubles of all kinds may visit us in this lifetime, but they need not rob our joy.
And one day, we will know the ultimate joy and peace when we dwell in heaven with God forever.
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