Be Joyful

Sometimes, the only place to find the real answer is in the Bible.  Sometimes, live gives you lemons.  Sometimes, those lemons lend an atmosphere of anxiety or sorrow.  So, come with me and let  us investigate what God has said about anxiety and sorrow.

First of all, God has told us to be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.  (Romans 12:12)  Of course!  We hope hope because of our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit Who has given us…  (Romans 5:5)  That alone should be enough to relieve our anxiety.  Hope does not disappoint because hope in confident expectation that God will do what He has promised to do.  Our hope, and a firm belief, will assure us that God will take care of us.

If, or rather when, we are afflicted, we have God’s promise that The righteous man is rescued from trouble, and it comes on the wicked instead.  (Proverbs 11:8)  Why?  Because God has promised that I will never leave you; never will I forsake you.  (Hebrews 13:5)  What a promise!  The Lord God Almighty, the Creator, has promised His children that He will always keep a watch on them.  He Who Is Faithful has promised that we will never be tempted beyond our ability to resist, but that He will provide way of escape.  (I Corinthians 10:13)  Since He has told us not to be anxious, that applies to anxiety, also.

With this in mind,  we must be careful that we do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  (Philippians 4:6)  As children of God, we have been promised that the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.  (James 5:16)  If we are children of God, then H hears our prayers, and attends to them.  If we have prayed in accordance with His will, and He knows that it is the right time, we absolutely know that our prayer is heard and will be answered in the best way for our souls.

Therefore, never let anything cause you to lose hope or to be anxious, because we know for a certainty that God is always with us.  So He has promised and so He will do.  It all boils down to this:  Have faith, pray often, and Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say again, Rejoice.  (Philippians 4:4)  (I must admit that this blog was one I really need to study and accept.)

What say ye?

2 Responses to “Be Joyful”

  1. Nice Peggy….I think of James1:2-4 concerning this also, to be joyful when temptations and adversities and the testing of our faith come on. How that it brings on patience and helps us in that regard. The last part of verse 4 tells us that we will want for nothing…..

  2. Thanks, Bob.