January Pen 2012
Love… Lean on… Look for Jesus each day,
Worship Him… Walk in His strength all the way,
Be fulfilled serving others, not ourselves,
Find Peace… Joy… rich blessing in 2012
I’m sure by this time you may be wondering where the happy New Year went. The common greeting is so fleeting. Everyone in the world just wants to be happy, and they are pursuing that elusive elation every way imaginable. Just when they think they have it in their grasp it slips through their fingers like a shadow.
Don’t get sidetracked by a vain search for happiness in this world. Happiness belongs to the future when believers receive eternal glory with Christ in Heaven. We must not make happiness our chief aim in the world or we will be severely disappointed. Jesus said in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Because of the fallen condition of this evil world and of our own corrupted nature, we will experience a great deal of grief and heaviness in this present life. God does not promise to deliver the Christian from the pains of a fallen creation, He does give hope to be delivered through it. If He delivered you from all the trouble the devil causes there would still be the trouble of this sin-cursed world. If He delivered you from this sin-cursed world there would still be trouble from your sinful fleshly old nature.
The Apostle James wrote in chapter 4 of his epistle in verses 4-8 very practical instructions on how to keep from being disheartened when happiness seems like just a mirage in the desert. Look at verse 10, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”
(James 5:8) Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
9) Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.
10) Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience
11) Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.