But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. Psalm 5:11
Being happy is something that most people want. They seek whatever they can to find happiness so that they may be glad.
The challenge that comes in is that what most people find to make them glad is only temporary. Things can make them glad for a short amount of time, then they get bored with it or it goes away, and so they must find something new again.
Watching people in the workplace or even the public places, there are very few that show any joy in their faces. Life is rough and there is not much that seems to be worth the troubles that this world gives.
David had found the way to be glad and sing for joy, despite what is happening. His prayer was that every person who takes refuge in God would be glad and sing for joy. They would know His protection so that they can rejoice in Him.
Taking refuge in God is trusting in Him. It is going to God for everything. It is knowing that God is in control, despite what is going on.
The great thing about God is that He is not temporary, He is eternal. God will never leave a person. He can be trusted forever. This gives a person a reason to be glad and sing for joy.
The things of this world are temporary and they break down, fall apart, die, fade away, but God does not. This gives every believer great joy in knowing that God is there and will always be there. However, in order to know this joy, one must take refuge in God.
If you are seeking to find happiness in order to be glad and want to sing for joy, take refuge in God. Trust in His abilities and His direction for your life. This is not a temporary thing that will come and go, but He will be there for all eternity.
God will not leave you during the tough times, as the world will do. This can give you a reason to sing for joy, knowing you have God at your side at all times. Hold on to Him through everything and it will be worth it all in the end.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the joy in following God; that you will find refuge in God; that you will be glad in God being by your side; and that you will know God’s protection in your life.
“So then he told them plainly, Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” John 11:14-15
While Jesus was going around teaching, a message was brought to Him that Lazarus was very sick. He chooses not to go to see him. After a few days Jesus tells the disciples that Lazarus has fallen asleep and He needs to go and wake him up. Not understanding, the disciples state that sleep is good. Jesus says that Lazarus is dead.
The interesting part of this event is that Jesus was glad He was not with Lazarus at that moment. It appears that Jesus wanted Lazarus to die.
This is a very hard thing for many people to accept. Why would Jesus want Lazarus to die? He had to die in order to show a greater miracle of raising him from the dead several days later. All the disciples and the people would be a witness to this coming miracle.
In life there will be times when you are going through a tough battle. It could be sickness, injury, loss of a job, loss of a loved one, or something else catastrophic. You may be praying for God to bring about a healing or a recovery.
As you are praying for a miracle, the situation continues to get worse. It looks like a failure on God’s part. Many people get angry with God for not bringing about a healing.
Yet, God may be holding off for a greater miracle. Healing Lazarus would have been a great miracle, but when He raised Lazarus from the dead it was much greater.
Seek to know what God’s desire is. What is God’s timing in the situation you are in? Wait for that. It may not be the right time for the miracle. Are you willing to wait for God? Are you willing to trust Him?
Lazarus may be dead, but God has a greater plan for Him. Your situation may be dead, but God may have a greater plan for you.
I pray today that God will give you peace in the situations in your life; that you will be willing to wait for God’s answer; that God will give you His discernment on the timing; and that God will do great things in and through you.