Saturday 9 September 2017

Joy above all circumstances

Day 34 (09 Sept 2017, Saturday)

Our moods do rise and fall like the ocean waves.  We can be happy at this moment but, the next moment, quickly sink into depression.  Happiness is unpredictable as it depends on some favourable circumstances.  Joy, on the other hand, is constant as it looks towards a faithful and unchanging God.  Though the harvest failed and the farm animals died, Habakkuk could still rejoice in God.

“Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord;  I will take joy in the God of my salvation”  (Habakkuk 3:17-18).

Why?  Because he knew that God is trustworthy and He will prove His faithfulness once again in the midst of such national crisis.  Joy births forth when one comes to experience the truth of God.

Writing from prison where he was incarcerated, Paul encouraged believers yet with a triumphant message:  “Rejoice in the Lord always.  Again I will say, rejoice” (Philippians 4:4).

Instead of constantly being worn down by the negative circumstances we face and unfavourable remarks we hear each day, we can now learn to put our hope in the One who causes the morning sun to rise.  Choose, therefore, to rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, (and) be constant in prayer (Romans 12:12).

Pray for Strong Discipleship in the communities of faith 

Pray that we will be obedient to the mandate given to us by our Lord Jesus Christ, when He instructs us to “go and make disciples of all nations”, thus fulfilling the Great Commission in our generation.

Pray that we will love people by praying for them, as well as caring nurturing them practically in their growth.  That we have willingness to invest our time and resources in the lives of new believers.  That we will willingly embrace them in our families, in our churches and even into our homes.

Pray that we will teach the whole counsel of God and to be truthful in both Word and life so as to set a Christ-like example for others to imitate.

 Necf Malaysia

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