Tag: Circumstances

Christian joy!

Grace Gems Whiteby Grace Gems

Every Day!” Author unknown, 1872

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again, Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4

Just so, “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing,” says Paul, speaking of his own experience.

The believer’s joy does not exclude sorrow, but . . . attends it, sustains under it, and raises above it.

Joy in the Lord should be constant–for He is the same. There is as much ground for joy in Him in the winter of adversity–as in the summer of prosperity. He is as good when he chides us–as when He comforts us. He is as gracious when He lays us low–as when He raises us up. He is as kind when He takes away–as when He gives.

If our joy springs chiefly from creature good and agreeable circumstances–then it must be fluctuating at the best, and at times it will entirely dry up. But if our chief joy is in God, then the spring of it never fails!

“When all created streams are dried, His fullness is the same!”

Observe, my soul, that joy in the Lord is not only encouraged–but commanded.
After once giving the admonition, the apostle says, “Again I say, Rejoice.”

The Lord would have His children . . . happy in His love, restful under the shelter of His wings, and peaceful in the midst of storms.

Seek then to know more of Him, live upon His fullness, dwell on His unchanging grace–and so will you be joyful in Him even in the midst of tribulation!

by Grace Gems

God’s Way

David Wilkersonby David Wilkerson

Troubling circumstances and fiery conditions can bring on confusion. At such times, our impatience begins to reason: “God must not have meant what he said to me. Or maybe the problem is my inability to hear his voice. Perhaps I heard him wrong in the first place. All I know is that what he told me and what I see developing don’t add up.”

When Saul moved ahead of God’s direction, he acted purely on logic and reason, not on trust. Listen to the string of excuses he gave the prophet Samuel for moving ahead of God’s direction: “When I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that you did not come within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered together at Michmash, then I said, ‘The Philistines will now come down on me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication to the Lord.’ Therefore I felt compelled, and offered a burnt offering” (1 Samuel 13:11-12). Saul took matters into his own hands, doing what he reasoned was his only option. And it ended in sorrow.

This matter of waiting is so important that we find references to it throughout God’s Word. Isaiah writes, “It will be said in that day: “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for Him; we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation” (Isaiah 25:9).

“For since the beginning of the world men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye seen any God besides You, who acts for the one who waits for Him” (Isaiah 64:4).

Beloved, God’s way is not the world’s way. And the only way to gain godly experience is to wait patiently for him in faith. This sort of godly experience comes to those who are in communion with the Lord: “Knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope” (Romans 5:3-4).

by David Wilkerson