God's Word Is Your Joy
"Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice." (Philippians 4:4)
How can you rejoice in the Lord always? Sometimes life might seem too difficult for you to be happy. However, you can always rejoice in God's Word. David, the man after God's own heart, found great delight in God's Word. David calls God his "exceeding joy" (Psalm 43:4). He says, "I will delight myself in [God's] commandments, which I have loved" (Psalm 119:47), and "let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law is my delight" (Psalm 119:77). David found so much delight in God's Word!
But what about you? How can you rejoice in God's Word? The first step is obvious: Read it! Read it, looking for how great and amazing God is on every page. Read it prayerfully. Read it as God Word to you, and then talk back to Him in response – speaking right back to Him! Few people truly delight in God's Word, and most of them do not even try to delight in it. Do you ever read because you have to? or because you think you ought to? You should read God's Word as much as you can because you love it! You should not be able to get enough of it! You should want more and more time with God, just as a deer longs for the water brooks! (See Psalm 42:1.) Pray about it; ask God to help you love His Word more.
You can live joyfully because you have God's eternal, unchanging Word, and because you have a great God. No matter what happens, you can, and should, always rejoice in the Lord. Rejoicing in God's Word isn't all! There are all kinds of things to rejoice in. Look in the Bible to see what else God has given you to rejoice in. Learn to delight in God's Word as David did, and say with him "O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day" (Psalm 119:97). Rejoice in God's Word!
Rejoice in God's Word.
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Truth In Real Life
“Nothing could preserve me in cheerfulness and confidence under these afflictions, but the assurance of the faithfulness of Christ.”
Christmas Evans was born in Wales on December 25, 1766 – which is why he was named “Christmas.” His father, a humble shoemaker, died when Christmas was 8, leaving the little boy to be raised by a cruel and ungodly uncle. The first part of his life, young Christmas was just a little farm worker boy who never had a chance to learn how to read.
At age 17, Evans began working in his Presbyterian church, doing whatever he could to help the men of God. Having been saved in a revival meeting, he felt it was his duty to help the church who had helped him. As a teenager, he was mentored by godly men (very different from his uncle). And someone finally taught him how to read and write!
Evans continued caring more and more about the things of God. He talked about spiritual things and did what was right. As a result, his unsaved “friends” hated him. One day, they beat him up so badly that he lost one of his eyes. But Evans still worked to please God more than others.
At age 24, he joined the Baptist denomination and was ordained to preach. He traveled throughout the country of Wales and preached in churches, coal mines, fields, and homes. It was common for him to preach five times in one day. God gave Evans tremendous power in expressing the Gospel message, and revival seemed to follow him wherever he preached. Thousands of Christians gave testimony of salvation and soon the famous Welsh Revival began.
Despite his early hardships in his uncle’s home, and despite his disfigured face because of his evil friends, God used Christmas Evans to bring Him much glory. He has often been called “the one-eyed John Bunyan of Wales” because of his wonderful imagination and the ongoing influence of his preaching ministry.
Did you have a rough start to your life? Are you in the middle of some really hard times and troubles right now? What would it take to make you give up? Christmas Evans didn’t give up. He threw himself into the care of God, and he kept going. God used him mightily!
Nahum 1:7 – The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him.