Monday, 4 June 2012

Where's Your Joy

Gary Thomas makes an excellent point, i.e. that God is more concerned about our holiness than our happiness.  However Proverbs 5:17-9 ( one of many verses) says that we are to have joy.  May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.”   The term rejoice in Hebrew is (sa-may-achhh), meaning to rejoice, to be glad and to exult.

This does not mean that we will always be happy, that all will be smooth sailing.  In fact it is quite conceivable that some horrific things might befall a Godly couple.

Here is the difference.  A couple who has God at the center of their lives firmly believes with every fiber of their being that God has a plan for their lives, that He doesn’t waste pain, and  that His plan is better than anything they can imagine.  Based on such a faith they can exhibit great joy even in the midst of major challenges.

This is not a Pollyanna, pie in the sky optimism that fails to take reality into account.  This joy stems from an assurance that the Creator of the Universe has everything in His loving control.  Such a couple is able to maintain a smile even in adversity.  They are still able to see humor in the events of daily life.  They are able to appreciate the simple things in life that most of us take for granted.  They love a sunrise or a sunset. They love the fragrant smells of spring or coffee brewing in the morning.  They enjoy being with each other more than being with anyone else.  Their love for one another is almost contagious which is quite apparent when you are in their company.

They give life to the phrase “love and respect” found in Ephesians 5:33.

The wife’s admiration for her husband is captured by her gaze as he speaks.  The selfless love that her husband provides plays out in numerous scenarios that make her feel cherished, secure, and safe.  A marriage that glorifies God will be filled with much joy.

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