When it feels like our world is changing and spinning out of control it is normal to feel stress. If you didn’t feel something then someone needs to check if you’ve got a pulse! Jesus knew we would go through times like this and in fact Jesus Himself was facing pressure and the disciples were confused and wondering what the next day would hold. But even as Judas was on his way to betray him and He knew that Peter was soon to deny Him Jesus said; “Don’t let your hearts be troubled: You believe in God. Believe also in Me!” John 14:1 This week’s video is for everyone like me who could use more than a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down. We need the joy of the Lord to make it through!
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 ESV
Interestingly the day that King David was writing about in this Psalm was not the church picnic, or some other celebration. In fact when David woke early that morning he looked out his window and saw an army camped out on his doorstep and he began to cry out to the Lord for help. The rejoicing part of this psalm begins as David realizes that God is listening to his cry for help and that God will come to his rescue.
As we face off against this latest Corona crisis, with each of us virtually barricaded in our homes it is easy to give in to boredom, frustration or even despair. But David reminds us that the circumstances we are in are not the source of our hope. Our hope is in the Lord. We are in trouble but God is listening. He knows what to do and He promises to come to our rescue. So whether God’s rescue looks like a sudden turn of events in our favor or a quiet voice reminding us that His grace is all we need; we can know one thing for sure:
This is the day that the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it!!
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength. Proverbs 17:22 NLT
I felt frustrated by the small number of people that were coming to our church service at the nursing home. It seemed despite our best efforts; fewer were coming each week and we simply rushed in and did our duty and went home without accomplishing anything.
God’s medicine for my increasingly glum attitude arrived one day at the end of the meeting. “God bless you. How are you today? Thanks for coming.” I said as I shook each person’s hands. About halfway through I came to one lady and she slipped something into my hand. When I turned my hand over and opened up my palm I discovered two shiny quarters there, looking up at me.
“No I can’t take this’” I protested.
She just smiled and said with a wink, “You keep those; there are lots more where they came from!”
I just shook my head and laughed as the dark clouds lifted from my heart. She taught me that day that real cheerfulness is based on just simply trusting that God is in charge. He is Heaven’s pharmacist and has given to each of us a prescription that must be refilled every day!