Wednesday, October 28, 2015

commanded

Today's readings: Jer 51:54-52:34, Titus 3:1-15, Psalm 100:1-5, Proverbs 26:18-19

It's odd when you think about it. God TELLS us, COMMANDS us, to be happy. To be full of joy. To rejoice. He goes so far in the Psalm as to tell us to SHOUT with joy. Worship Him with gladness. Come before Him, singing with joy. Why? Because He is good.

When we stop and think about all of the amazing gifts He's given us... we have ample reason to be happy. It is so easy for us humans to get focused on what we don't have. What we want. What we think we need. And, for most of us, what we're addicted to.

But we take for granted all of the amazing gifts all around us every day. Beautiful sunsets, tasty food, amazing music, people to love... our lives are rich beyond measure. We have an embarrassment of riches every single day of our lives. And in response to all of this, God tells us to be happy. To enjoy it.

In fact, we're COMMANDED to take a day off every week. We're TOLD that we have to have feasts to celebrate things. God WANTS you to be full of joy, and to love the life He's given you.

If you find yourself down in the dumps... moping around, throwing a pity party... ask Him to infuse you with His joy. Ask Him to pour His love, peace, and joy into your heart. Ask Him to help you rejoice.

You might be surprised what happens.

Thank You, God, for commanding us silly humans to enjoy the gifts You've so generously given us.

2 comments:

julie reedy said...

To be part of this world we let it drag us down to being unhappy, mopey, sad, jealous, spiteful, revengeful, and just plain miserable. It a choice everyday....being commanded by good or being commanded evil.....make a good choice today.

Lori Sue Luster said...

God is SO GOOD! Many times I begin in gratitude simply in faith only -- at first. Then the joy kicks in and I realize and experience His goodness. He daily LOADS us with His benefits! That faith that it takes to come from a dark place into His light, by choosing to be grateful is a gift. A gift!