We often miss the point of God’s grace. Our mindset of God’s faithfulness can easily camp out in the idea that its’ there to aid us in prosperity and to have a comfortable life. Whether it’s money, good grades, possessions, or athletic ability, we tend to thank God when the good things happen and call Him into question when bad happens. When we do this, we forget something essential. God gave us everything we need two thousand years ago when he sent his Son into the world to offer up his life so we might have life. That, through faith, we have the opportunity to spend eternity with Christ himself. So, what does this means for us today? It means we should have the answer to this question; “where is the root of my joy?”.
“Habakkuk didn’t let the situations he was in determine his joy and neither should we”
Habakkuk 3:17-19 details the trials of life. The moments you say “I don’t have enough…” or when the “There is no……” valleys come. Habakkuk makes one bold statement in that in the midst of trials and his bad external circumstances, “I will be joyful in the Lord my Savior”. Why, because the Lord is our strength, our foundation, our wealth, and what we ultimately hope in. Habakkuk didn’t let the situations he was in determine his joy and neither should we. So how do we do that?
- Remind. Remind yourself daily that the meaning of our lives does not exist in the things of this world but in God’s kingdom alone.
- Praise. Praise God continually, even if you don’t feel like it. Sometimes we have to praise him first and feel it later.
- Remember. Remember what God has done for you in the past. Remember that he created you, has a purpose for you, and that Jesus died for you. The Lord is all about you.
So, what is the root of your joy? Is it waiting for the next relationship, the next paycheck, the newest gaming system that is about to come out, Friday nights. Or, do you possess a deep, foundational joy of who Christ is and what He did for you on the cross. That no matter what comes your way I will still find joy in Christ because I know that in the end I still get Jesus, no matter what. God is enough!