I was thinking about licenses the other evening. We have seen some serious Church bus crashes in the recent past and I usually wonder if the driver had the proper license to operate the bus and a multitude of other things that I think about. Sometimes my background haunts me.
As I was talking with a friend on the phone last night we were talking about his wife. He said the other day a fly got into the torch lamp and burned up. It caused a horrible smell of burning. His sweet wife was concerned for their welfare. She insisted they sleep on the sofa because there is access out of the house by three different doors. She placed her cell phone, keys and their marriage license on the table close to them in case of an emergency exit.
My friend was looking at their marriage license and noticed that the city and county were the same indicating there is an error in the city. He told his wife that their license was void and he was a free man because their license was invalid due to this error. We had a good laugh. He also told me that he not only did he have a marriage license; but, he also possesses a “Pestering Permit”. We had a good laugh over this.
Here is the thing. God created man and woman to live together and perpetuate humanity. Look at Genesis 2:18, “And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” Now, God did not intend for man and woman to just co-exist. I believe that God intended the marriage relationship to mirror the relationship of Jesus and His Church. So, I also believe that our relationship with our spouse should be one that is modeled after Christ and the Church. There should be joy, gladness, happiness and many other emotions. Yes, there will be trials, temptations and troubles. These make us stronger and should drive us closer to one another. If this does not describe your marriage relationship you are sadly missing out.
There are people in life that are simply fun to be around. They seem to always be upbeat and happy. They encourage others in spite of their own situations. They even seem to always have a song in their heart.
When someone is like that you know when something is wrong. They might seem unhappy. They might even lose their smile and their song. I was reading Oswald Chambers’ daily devotional the other day and something jumped out at me. Look at what he asks, “Have we learned to sing after we hear God’s key-note?” It is so easy to sing when everything is going our way. Life seems to be good.
What happens when life turns upside down for us? We seem to lose our song and our smile among other things. I looked up the word keynote and on of the meanings is “The principal theme in a speech or literary work” according to the Word Web dictionary. It reminds me of Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” All things are not good; but, God is working them for our good and His Glory.
Revival is recovered joy. Far too many people today are looking for happiness. The problem with that is that happiness depends upon stuff or circumstances. What people need is true joy. Joy is a result of our relationship with Jesus Christ.
If I know Jesus Christ as my Saviour then I should be filled with His joy. This joy does not depend upon what happens or what does not happen. Joy comes from Jesus. It is produced by the Holy Spirit of the Living God. He lives in us and so that joy should flow freely from us.
Look at Psalm 51:12, “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.” We have to be careful. We can allow too many things to cause us to surrender our joy. Nobody or nothing can take our joy away from us. We willingly surrender it.
As you go through life do you have the joy of the LORD? It will be obvious if you do. It will just radiate from us like sunshine.
A couple weeks ago someone sent me an e-mail with links to some music videos. They were all very powerful. One was an acapella performance of “The Little Drummer Boy” that was fantastic. Another one was a man making a video and a homeless man kneels in front of him and joins his song. This was powerful too.
Music has an effect on the heart for sure. It brings me and my family much joy. We like to listen to music and we like to sing music and my wife likes to play music on her piano. Music brings us great joy.
There are many things that bring joy to people. Happiness depends upon your circumstances. Joy comes from a heart full of Christ. There was an acrostic that circulated for a long time that said joy was described as: J – Jesus first, O – others second and Y – you last. There is a lot of truth in that.
Matthew 2:10, “When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.” When these wise men saw the star they rejoiced. The word “rejoiced” means cheerful, calmly happy according to the Strong’s Concordence. It was the leading of God that brought them true joy. Are you filled with joy or happiness?
It is time to take a deep look into our own heart and determine if you have true joy or just happiness. Only you can answer that question. When Jesus comes in He gives joy that is described as “unspeakable and full of glory”. His Joy is so overwhelming that you cannot find words to describe it. You can have joy in the middle of the deepest trials.