…and in all of our troubles I have great joy.
2 Corinthians 7:4b
New Century Version
When I read this the other day I was again struck with the realization that the Apostle Paul’s troubles were many. Yet, because he trusted God and because the church there cared about him and encouraged him, he was able to choose joy.
And not a little.
Wouldn’t you like to have great joy?
By reading scripture, it seems that the only way to have great joy is to live in the midst of trouble.
If that is true….than I am in a pretty good spot to experience great joy.
Maybe you are feeling the same way.
We know that Paul had amazing faith. He knew his call and counted all loss for knowing God.
I am grateful that it isn’t my faith that is required…but my willingness to trust and believe.
Joy does come to us when we put our trust in God.
There is something else to this picture that gave Paul his joy boost.
It was his church. The fellowship of believers.
Paul didn’t make his journeys alone. He made them in partnership with fellow believers, the few that went with him, and the many who were praying for him and supporting him as he needed, from their homes.
This journey that we are on is not meant to be a solo journey. Sometimes we may be alone by circumstance. But, we are not meant to stay alone. First, we make a big mistake to think that we don’t need others. And second, we also make a big mistake when we don’t reach out to someone on a difficult journey.
Paul was able to do incredible things because he believed in Jesus and his resurrection power. And, because of the spiritual and physical assistance he received from his brothers and sisters in Christ. This partnership of the flesh encouraged his flesh so that he could dig down even deeper to trust God. It enabled him to serve with everything he had.
Want great joy?
Trust God with everything you have and live in community.
Are you in a troubled time? Allow the community of faith to minister to you.
Are you in a blessed time? Minister to those in difficulty.
What’s the end result?
It’s Joy Day!
Today is the day we take time to look back over our past week and count gifts. Join me in counting just ‘seven.’ The good things and the not so good things. The Bible tells us that we should give thank for ALL things.
I give thanks for:
- the provision of such lovely giveaways for the blogiversary
- a fun afternoon whipping the gardens into shape
- painful muscles from doing a hundred zillion squats
- a sacrificial hug from a dear sister
- chicken & dairy ‘sell by’ date discounts
- badly need rain
- knowing God is bigger than the “boogie man”
Okay…it’s your turn! If you want your Joy Meter to rise, tap your ‘seven’ in the ‘Share Your Thoughts’ area below. I can guarantee joy will come!! Want to push your joy meter even higher? Take the JOY DARE.
Finding JOY in the journey,
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