Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Let's Party

“Surely the LORD has done great things! Don’t be afraid, my people. Be glad now and rejoice, for the LORD has done great things.” Joel 2:20b-21

I know someone who is “afraid” of good news. Well, “afraid” might be a little strong, but she is definitely hesitant and anxious to believe good news. She’s one who wants to wait and see the outcome before rejoicing prematurely. It’s like she is afraid to be happy and rejoice in case something happens to steal her joy. It’s so sad really. She lives like at any moment someone is going to come and reverse anything good that happens. She thinks gladness is momentary and fleeting and just offers false hope. She appears wary and sceptical that anything truly miraculous could really occur.

This verse seems to encourage stepping out in faith and celebrating. God wants us to recognize the great things He causes to happen all around us and rejoice. Don’t stifle praise. Yes, circumstances can change in an instant, but if God has done something good, let’s party!!!

The next trial doesn’t negate today’s triumph.

Let’s acknowledge and embrace the joy of seeing God work in our lives.

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~Grace and Peace said...

I used to be like your friend before I knew my Savior. Not anymore...Praise God!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Living in the blessing of the moment... that's what I'm "hearing" here!

How thankful I am for the small things that bless my heart.


Anonymous said...

The trials and testings may come but I know that I walk not alone in them, for Christ is in me and He is my very present help and strength in each difficult circumstance that has most recently come my way. I AM triumphant. Thank you for reminding me of this, Joy. ("The next trial does negate today's triumph")