“The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with Hs is love. He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
Stay the course, though it may be hard. Remain obedient and faithful in the face of adversity. Do not rely on your possessions or your own wisdom. God is our true source of strength, peace and happiness.
Peace and love be with you.
“You should not look down on your brother in the day of his misfortune, nor rejoice over the people of Judah in the day of their destruction, nor boast so much in the day of their trouble.” Obadiah 1:12
The nation of Edom was situated on high cliffs and protected by a rocky fortress nearly impenetrable by invading forces. Edom and Israel were bitter enemies despite the fact that they were blood relatives. The Edomites rejoiced when Babylon invaded Judah instead of coming to their northern neighbors aid. For their defiance and hatred, God destroyed Edom, causing the nation to disappear from the earth.
High and powerful nations, corporations, families and even churches that become overconfident in themselves will be humbled and brought low. The recent Wall Street scandals and corporate buyouts have illustrated this. However, we should not be happy at another’s downfall, even if we feel it is deserving. God is the only Judge.
God bless you today and always.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” Philippians 4: 4-5
Paul was in prison when he wrote these words to the church in Philippi. Certainly, his outward circumstances were not pleasant, yet he didn’t allow his circumstances to steal his joy. Joy comes from within and is an emotion of great delight caused by something exceptionally good and satisfying, elation. Happiness is good fortune, pleasure and contentment. When we make the Lord our source of joy we can be grateful during times of misfortune. We may not be technically happy about our current lot in life, but this is only a season. Joy in the Lord is forever. So, rejoice today, in spite of your circumstances. Don’t let unpleasant situations alter your perspective. As Paul writes, “The Lord is near.”
God bless you today and always.
“The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this and it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:22-24
Psalm 118:24 is part of today’s suggested reading from Our Daily Bread. It is a very popular verse and is repeated often. However, the preceding verses are provided so that the complete thought is presented. So many times, oft-repeated verses become part of our vocabulary. We can recite them at will, but we cannot have a true understanding of them unless we read and study the context in which they were written.
Jesus, Himself, referred to Psalm 118:22-23 (Matthew 21:42; Mark 12-10-11; Luke 20:17) as he told the parable of the evil farmers to the religious leaders. Jesus is the rejected stone that became the capstone. The capstone is the center stone in the top of an arch, holding the whole arch together. The One who was rejected by His people is now the Center of the church. Yes, the lord has done this and it is marvelous in our eyes. So let’s acknowledge this day, the day the Lord has made. We should rejoice and be glad in it!
This, of course, can applied to our daily living as well. There are days when the last thing we feel like doing is rejoicing. Go before God and tell Him (although nothing is hidden from Him). By the end of your “talk” with Him you may find the will to praise in light of your circumstances. And that will is God. He has given us this day to live and serve Him. For that, we can be always be glad.
May the Lord bless you today and always.