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From the Pastor’s desk…

March 12, 2018

I was visiting a family in their home recently.  For the first few minutes, I listened as I was being informed of “all their troubles.”  After a few minutes one family member asked me, “Well, how are you doing today?      Before I could speak someone said, “He probably was doing well until he came to this house!”

I responded by saying, “I’m always doing well!”

How’s your attitude and outlook on life been lately?  Has your attitude been “upbeat” or does life have you “down in the dumps?”  I’m sure we all have experienced both emotions.

Because of our faith in Christ and belief in His Word, we can experience an attitude of joy in spite of the difficult circumstances we may be facing.  Joy is not the absence of problems, rather  joy is the very presence of God in the midst of problems.

In spite of negative circumstances we can be joyful because…

  • God is with us. “When you pass through the waters I will be with you,”  (Isaiah 43:2).
  • God has a plan for you. “I want you to trust Me in your times of trouble,” (Psalm 50:15).
  • God will help you. “Why are you cast down? Trust in God,” (Psalm 43:5)

I believe that joy is experienced by knowing and understanding the truth.  It was the Lord Jesus who said, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free,” (John 8:32).  And the truth is that God loves us and has a wonderful plan for our lives.  When things seem to be “crashing in” on you, learn to trust God’s plan.  As we trust we will experience the presence of God, which is joy.

“He brought out His people with joy, His chosen ones with gladness.”  (Isaiah 105:43)