March 7: Finding Joy in God

"I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the
garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself
with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the earth brings forth its bud, as
the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord God will cause righteousness
and praise to spring forth before all the nations." Isaiah 61:10-11

Everything we have in this life is temporal and fleeting. No matter how careful we are to exercise and
eat right, our health can be lost in a moment. Even if we are wise with our finances, an unexpected
reversal beyond our control can wipe out everything we have gained. Friends can move, and
relationships can be broken. Family relationships can be strained, and those we love may go to Heaven
before us. If we are seeking our source of joy in any of these things, we are doomed to disappointment.

We serve a God, however, who never fails and never changes. If the focus of our lives is on Him- the
grace and goodness that He has given to us and the wonderful promises that are ours to claim- we will
find that source of joy never to be lost. The knowledge of God’s unchanging love has sustained His
children through the ages even during the most difficult circumstances. In every kind of distress,
Christians can find joy when they are focused on Jesus, the source of all true joy.

Renewal Principle

If you are in need of joy today, spend time focused on all that God is and has done for you instead of on
your problems.

Bible Reading

2 Corinthians 7 - 9

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