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GOD-TRACKING IS TRUSTING IN THE JOY OF THE LORD FOR YOUR STRENGTH
“Whatever your need is today; whatever is bringing you down, I say don’t give up, look up and rejoice!”
1 Chronicles 16:27
Splendour and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his place.
I grew up under the notion that to be a Christian was to exempt oneself from all fun. I was taught that Christians never laugh or joke about. It’s true, being a believer in Christ is a very serious commitment. Jesus died for my sins so I will wholeheartedly and seriously surrender my whole life to him. However, the word joy or joyful appears more than 200 times in the English Standard Version of the Bible. In fact, in Galatians we read that joy is one of the fruit of the Spirit. And by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Paul, while in imprisoned in Rome, writes, “Rejoice in the Lord always!” Then, in case you didn’t get it the first time round, he repeats himself, “Again I will say, Rejoice!”
Humour can vary across different cultures. What is funny in Africa may not be funny in Germany. However, humour is not joy; joy results from something that is funny. I believe God has a sense of humour. I think God’s humour is irony. Irony presents a deep reality in a way that causes one to smile. For instance, in the Bible, we read about when God told Abraham, who was 100-years old with a wife of 90, that he would have a son. The moment he heard this Abraham fell about laughing. In fact, when the son was born, they named him Isaac, which means laughter. That’s ironic humour. God promised Abraham that he would be the father of nations, but when he was too old to father a child, a child was born.
It’s alright to get emotional about God. God loves laughter. The Bible tells us that the joy of the Lord is our strength. Get that? God’s joy is your strength! And the Scripture says, “Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob!” and “May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy.”
Whatever your need is today; whatever is bringing you down, I say don’t give up, look up and rejoice! The Lord is your helper. The Lord is your strength and the Lord is your joy! So, laugh in the face of your adversity
God-tracking is trusting in the joy of the Lord for your strength
SO, DON’T GIVE UP, LOOK UP & PRAY
Turn my life right way up, I pray, and fill my days with laughter
“My Lord, I have been so down in the dumps, lately. So, I turn my eyes back onto Jesus and look full in his wonderful face. You, O Lord, are my strength and my joy. You, O Lord, are my hope and my future. I rest in your grace and take strength from joy. Turn my life right way up, I pray, and fill my days with laughter. Help me to live by the Spirit; the fruit of the Holy Spirit in me. In Jesus’ wonderful name. Amen.”
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