Most of us must confess that when things are “going our way” we feel a lot happier and are
much easier to live with. “Dad must have had an easy day at the office,” little Peggy said to
her visiting girlfriend. “He didn’t squeal the tires when he pulled into the driveway, and he
didn’t slam the door when he came into the house. And he even gave Mother a kiss!”
But have you ever stopped to consider how few of the circumstances of life are really under
our control? We have no control over the weather or over the traffic on the expressway or
over the things other people say and do.
The person whose happiness depends on ideal circumstances is going to be miserable much
of the time! The poet Byron wrote, “Men are the sport of circumstances.” And yet, the
Apostle Paul in the worst of circumstances wrote the Philippian letter and saturated it with
Jesus Christ was “a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” Yet He possessed a deep joy
that was beyond anything the world could offer.
As He faced the cruel death of Calvary, Jesus said to His followers, “These things have I
spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full” (John
Verse for today: “And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord: it shall rejoice in His salvation”
Consider: Isaiah 61:10; Psalm 16:11; Romans 14:17; 1 Peter 4:13-14.
Action assignment: How is your joy? Illness, death, and financial problems are among the
facts of everyday life. But God’s Word is laced throughout with promises of joy for those
who keep their minds on Him. Trust God to lead you into His joy.
WARREN W. WIERSBE