Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Being Filled With Joy
“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.” 1 Peter1:8 (NIV)
We live by faith. Because of our humanity, our vision is limited to what is right before us.
We learn to love Jesus as we read God’s Word, as we hear that Word preached, as we rely on Him.
God rewards our faith with special blessings. When we receive these favors from our Lord, we can’t always put our feelings into words. These blessings become definite memories, almost benchmarks for our later reflection.
During the first Gulf War, A dear friend of mine went through a season of depression. Her second daughter, their youngest child, got activated into the active Army after she joined the Army Reserves. My friend had to rely on the Lord to get through this difficult time. One day she told me God had reminded her of several times in her past that He had worked in her behalf.
Another friend can tell others of God’s healing powers. Her husband had a massive heart attack and after two eventful weeks in the hospital, he came home. Her husband later had another scary surgery which God brought him through. This lady KNOWS God was there for her and her family.
I, myself, have had times where my belief in God has kept me going in face of some harrowing circumstances. All I can say is that He was there for me and my family.
We have no idea how much God does for us in our daily life just because He loves us and we believe in Him. And we haven’t seen Him, yet. How much more will our joy be when we look into His face?