Happy Jesus Day:
“The joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10). It is good to belong to a God that makes gladness the pathway to power. Satan is a very gloomy god. But Jesus said, “Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for, behold, your reward is great in heaven.” And I know that in my own life, finding the pace to finish the race means recovering the joy of the Lord again and again. Joy brings excellent power. “We rejoice in the hope of the glory of God ” (Romans 5: 2). We received our happiness in different ways forgiveness of sins, fellowship with God, and purposeful lives. Worship, connection, sunrise, sunset, precious friends, and family. But the simple and painful fact is ” our outer nature is wasting away” (2 Corinthians 4: 16). We are all afflicted somehow. If we’re going to have unwavering joy in this life, it will have to be ” in hope,” for in this hope, we were saved. Hope that is seen is not hope.