Ecclesiastes 11:7-10, Psalm 68:3

“However many years anyone may live, let them enjoy them all. But let them remember the days of darkness, for there will be many…” (Ecclesiastes 11:8). We’ve all had days where everything goes wrong and the last thing we want to do is praise God. Our relationships are strained, work is overwhelming and we are exhausted. When God is bringing us through this kind of season, our instinct is a pity party. Scripture gives us another way to react when our circumstances are nowhere near ideal. Psalm 68:3says, “But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful.” This may seem impossible, and alone, it is. However, clinging to scripture has the power to make a broken heart a joyful one. Whenever you sense the pity party rising in your heart, be the party pooper. Pick a verse and cling to it. Preach it to yourself. For example, when everything seems to be going wrong you can cling to Psalm 34:19, “The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all…” We will experience trouble. The Lord will deliver us. Practicing a constant awareness of God’s presence and His goodness will train your heart to be unshakable with joy. Sadness will come. Trouble is inevitable. But, God promises to fight for and to bring joy to those who love Him. Reflect:
  • In what area of your life do you struggle to find joy?
  • Is there a sin in your life that is preventing you from having joy in that area? If so, who do you need to tell to help you kill that sin?
  • How can you practice taking your eyes off your circumstances and placing them on Jesus so you can experience the fullness of joy He has for you?