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Where Is Your Joy?
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Cecil Thompson

Psalm 19:7-11

"The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward."

What a fantastic passage of Scripture! If you have not memorized it before, I suggest that you take the time to write it down on a 3x5 card and start putting it to memory. The next time you wonder: “Where did my joy go?” Here is your answer.

A few days ago I watched a brief portion of a TV program where a needy family received a complete new home. Four of the five members in the family had life threatening medical problems.

An eight year-old daughter had a condition known as Spinal Muscular Atrophy. She was not able to walk and had to be in a wheelchair or carried everywhere she needed to go. As she was being interviewed I was so impressed by her words that I hit the record button and was able to record her comments: “Even though I’m in pain, I’m always happy—because if you always look at the bright side—it really changes your life.”

Years ago I was praying with a young woman who was weeping her eyes out. I asked her if she had received Jesus as her personal Savior? She responded that she had. I asked if there were any sins that she knew of that needed to be confessed? She couldn’t think of any.

She had prayed at the altar for quite a lengthy period of time yet continued to be broken up and no closer to having peace in her heart. I finally became very blunt. That was back before I was sweet and gentle like I am today. - - - Cough! Cough!

I pulled her head up so our eyes were only a few inches apart. Very firmly I asked; “Why are you wasting our time and God’s time unless you really say what you want Him to do for you?” With tears still streaming out of her eyes she replied; “I just want to be happy!”

I exploded in laughter. She looked shocked by my reaction. I took her hands in mine and prayed, “Lord, Your sweet daughter has lost her joy and can’t seem to find it. Your Word tells us that You are our source of joy, so please pour some out right now!” HER JOY CAME!

Sometimes we become so focused on ourselves and our own concerns that we lose sight of the source of our joy—the Lord and His Word!

I am humbled by those of you around the world who have been called upon to endure pain and persecution for the sake of Jesus Christ. How can I be justified in complaining for my own minor inconveniences when so many have suffered so much?

Father, I bow before You right now. I pray that the joy which we believers seek will not be for our own physical satisfaction, but for Your blessed spiritual joy. May the things of this world pass away as we come nearer to You. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!

--- Pastor Cecil


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