Psalm 5:11 Find Refuge And Be Glad

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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. 

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Job 36:13 Be Careful Of Riches & Wealth

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Be careful that no one entices you by riches; do not let a bribe turn you aside. Job 36:13 

Wealth is something that a lot of people are searching for, especially in America. People want more money to be able to have more things and do more things. It is often believed that money buys happiness and freedom, so many people will run after it.

All one has to do is do a ‘make money’ search on the internet and millions of hits will occur instantly. There are millions of ways to make money. However, most of those ways are scams. People trying to make money by taking money from others. People fall for the scam in the search for wealth.

Elihu tells Job to be careful not to be enticed by riches or bribes. This was as though Job was being enticed to speak as he does. Job did not have this problem in his life.

Having lots of money always seems to look like a good thing. Making money easy always sounds like a good thing. However, money is not made easily, but by hard work and perseverance.

While money will buy things, it does not provide happiness and peace. Often it will lead a person away from God, because he no longer trusts in God, but in his possessions. The search for wealth will also often lead a person to do things that go against God.

This can occur even within side the church. Believers give up giving and tithing in the search for wealth. They quit going to church to be able to work more, rather than seeking God and trusting Him. Some get angry with God as they see those in the world ‘living it up’ while living in sin, and they a fighting to put food on the table.

Do not allow yourself to seek after a wealth that does not last for eternity. You cannot take the wealth with you when you die. It does not transfer to heaven. Seek God and His righteousness and will. Do what He desires and you will have joy and peace that the world cannot have, nor understand.

Running after the wealth of this world will only leave you empty and wanting more. No matter how much you get, you will want more. Do not let this world convince you that you need what they have. You need to convince the world that they need what you have–Jesus.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will guard your hearts from the love of money; that God will guide you in what you need; and that God will protect you from the lies of this world. 

Proverbs 3:1 A Time For Everything

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: Proverbs 3:1

People hear this statement that there is a time for everything, but most do not want to believe or accept all of those times. Solomon continues on with listing many different things that there is a time for. Some of these are: to be born, to plant, to heal, to laugh, and to dance. People like these things and want more of them. These are the good times in a person’s life.

The other side of his statements, however, state that there is also a time: to die, to uproot, to tear down, to weep, to mourn, and to be silent. These are the ‘negative’ times in a person’s life. These are the times that very few people look forward too. Yet, God has ordered them in each person’s life.

It is easy to look at the good times of blessings from God and enjoy them. Everyone wants to be happy and have life go smoothly.

Yet, there are supposed to be times that are not so pleasant. Jesus said that unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies it will only be a single seed. Things have to happen to make things grow larger.

Take a look at the book of Acts. Until the persecution of all believers started to rise, the gospel message did not spread very far. It stayed among the Jews in a very small area. Once persecution set it, many people scattered and spread the message. The process was not fun, nor easy, but it brought about new life in the end.

When you live your life based on times of being happy, you will be disappointed and you will miss out on many other blessings in this life. It is in the difficult and painful times in life, that God can show up and do miraculous things. It is in those same times that God can move you to a new location in life to do great things through you and for you.

God is the one who is in control of everything. He has a time for every event that occurs in your life.

Are you trusting God in all the seasons of your life?

I pray today that you will know God’s plans for your life; that you will know God is in control; and that you will know God’s purpose for events in your life.

Ecclesiastes 2:26 Finding Happiness

To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. Ecclesiastes 2:26

Searching for happiness in life is a common challenge that many people strive for. It is common for people to think that if they just have the right job, or get married, or have children, or get a certain degree, or have a certain level of paycheck, or live in a certain area, and the list goes on forever, that they will be happy.

What usually happens is that they do get what they want. They are happy for a short time and then they get discouraged again. They were satisfied and happy for a while, but then the problems started to occur and they are no longer happy. Other times, the person wants more. Finding happiness, in the way the world does, is like trying a new drug. It makes a person happy for a time, but then he needs more or a stronger one, never fully satisfied.

Solomon says that a person who is not serving God is just working hard to gain things, just to have it handed over to someone else. Working very hard just to hand everything over to someone else is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. One can never catch the wind, no matter how hard he tries.

The way to find happiness is found in pleasing God. The only way you can please God is to follow and please His Son Jesus. In order to please Jesus, you must do what He has asked you to do.

Pleasing Jesus means that you have taken up the task He has started, to reach and save the world. You cannot save the world, but you can bring those in the world to the One who can save them.

Life is not about you. It is about others and God. It is about the kingdom of Jesus. Are you building that kingdom?

Or are you building a kingdom for yourself?

If it is for yourself, it will be handed over to others and you will not find any happiness in this life.

Serve God today.

I pray today that God will show you what He wants you to do today; that you will know how to please God with your life; that you will know the happiness God can give you; and that you will work to build God’s kingdom in this world.