Monday, February 21, 2011

Joy

"The ultimate ground of our rejoicing can never be our circumstances, even though we as Christians recognize that our circumstances are providentially arranged. If our joy derives primarily from our circumstances, then when our circumstances change, we will be miserable. Our delight must be in the Lord Himself. That is what enables us to live with joy above our circumstances. As Nehemiah puts it, “The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Neh. 8:10). Perhaps that is one of the reasons why the Lord sometimes allows miserable circumstances to lash us—that we may learn this lesson.…Whatever the mysteries of evil and sorrow, they do have the salutary effect of helping believers to shift the ground of their joy from created things to the Creator, from the temporary to the eternal." (emphasis mine)
D.A. Carson, Basics for Believers: An Exposition of Philippians

How hard this quote hits me! I know it's easy for me to rely on external things for my joy, but what I am learning now is that my joy should not be the result of my circumstances, but should be evident through whatever circumstances I face.

 All I want in life is such circumstances as may best enable me to serve Thee in the world.” 
Valley of Vision 
"Those who look to Him are radiant" Psalm 34:5
"In your presence there is fullness of joy" Psalm 16:11

Katie

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