May 20, 2020

Reigniting My Joy


The extreme difficulties people are experiencing with the corona virus lock-down has taken a toll on the joy of living. There is a reluctance in being humorous for fear of coming across as silly and offending someone who is in pain. So, behind our masks, we effectively veil our expressions and mark off another day of getting by.

There is a difference between joyful and silly. Silliness is defined as engaging in “a ludicrous folly”, showing a “lack of good sense or judgment”, or “the condition of being frivolous, trivial, or superficial”. Silly can be making light of a precarious situation, a joke at someone else’s expense. Christians amid the corona virus lock-down can have joy without the “silly”!

שִׂמְחָה is the Hebrew word for rejoice. Ancient Hebrew letters were originally a “picture” of something. Reading from right to left; ש teeth (consume, destroy), מ water (chaos, power), ח room (secret place), ה look at. The Hebrew word for rejoice is, “destroy the chaos inside and see what happens”. Chaos inside can be fear, anxiety, or foreboding. We are the only ones who can destroy the chaos inside. The enemy wants you to focus on all the uncertainties and problems in life. He wants you to be anxious, fearful, sad, and depressed. But God said,

“…Do not grieve, because the joy of the Lord is your strength.”  Nehemiah 8:10b (CSB)

The strength of a Christian is in the Joy of the Lord! I may not like the situation, but I know God is in control. The situation around me may not be a happy one, but situations will not steal my joy! The smile of a Christian is not a silly disconnect from reality but an absolute assurance that God controls the future and God firmly holds the Christian!

“You, Lord, are all I have, and you give me all I need; my future is in your hands.”   Psalm 16:5 (GNT)

Tassie and I love you and we are praying for you.

Pastor Tom