LIVING JOYFULLY BY DAY, SLEEPING PEACEFULLY AT NIGHT
It is wonderful to wake up in the morning from a peaceful night’s sleep and face the new day with joy and anticipation. I must confess that I have not always been as successful in doing either of these to the degree that I should have, but as I have gotten older I have grown in my appreciation of the fact that this is the way the Lord wants it to be, and I am thankful that I have grown in the ability to achieve that purpose. Continue reading
“But as a mountain falls and crumbles away, And as a rock is moved from its place; As water wears away stones, And as torrents wash away the soil of the earth; So You destroy the hope of man” (Job 14:18-19 NKJV). By the time we read the headlines, see network TV News, watch destructive TV shows or dismal movies, or listen to our dreary “friends,” it’s no wonder that “depression” has enveloped our land. Job voiced the danger of being surrounded by downers! But if we listen to God: Romans 15:13: “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing.” Christians learn to speak like Paul, “We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair” (2 Corinthians 4:8 NKJV).
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Or something like that. Yes, the Lord Jesus gave a command to rejoice. An imperative to be happy, Lk 10.20. That’s what we’ll study tomorrow at Taubaté in our series, “Commandments of Christ.”
An amazing thought, this command to rejoice, one that goes against a lot of psychobabble and man-made philosophy that teaches that emotions are uncontrollable. (Maybe this idea is the reason for modern society being in hot water.)
That’s one reason why we’re looking at this tomorrow, but another, larger one is that this command comes in the midst of the work of proclaiming the Good News. Now ain’t that a big thought!? Your biggest joy just might be in the middle of doing the great task of God, the mission of Christ, the preaching of the gospel, the salvation of souls.
But shhh! Don’t tell anybody the secret. We certainly wouldn’t want this to get out now, would we?
Dr. Don Curtis, in his book Human Problems and How To Solve Them, lists some depressing statements which indicate one is bored with life:
“Life has lost its meaning for me — I’m fed up”
“That gripes me — Everything’s a mess”
“I’m bored stiff — Everything bugs me”
“I’m sick and tired of it all — Life is the same old stuff”
Many of us have heard these same kinds of statements. Actor George Sanders wrote in his suicide note several years ago – “I am bored with living.” Why is it we try everything but the right thing to find joy in life? Why not try God? We’ve tried everything else: work, education, travel, entertainment, drugs, booze — none have given the happiness we seek. So, why not try God? This is Just-a-Minute.
Going to the house of friends to watch Brazil play again in the World Cup. This is about the only sports games that I watch, once every four years, Brazil in the Cup. We’ve even missed — sorry, Americans — the US play in the Cup. We don’t have any TV reception at home, so this gets us out of the house. The Missus is taking potato soup and chocolate muffins to enjoy afterwards. Christians can enjoy clean fun. That’s good for pagans to see. We’re real people and know how to enjoy this life, while watching for the Lord Jesus to sweep us into the next. The key is joyful and thankful holiness. There’s nothing more beautiful to show the world and for the world to see. Even during a ball game.
Anthony J. D’Angelo stated “Treasure your relationships – not your possessions.” Worldly happiness is so tied to materialism that happiness is almost always a synonym for money. Recall the immortal words of Jesus:
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:19-21).
As a child, it was my great grandmother who reminded us of the practical truth of the words of the Savior: “There is plenty of cheese in a mousetrap, but you will never find a happy mouse there.” Continue reading