Here’s Day One of my JOY Study…it’ll give you a little idea of how it’s rolling along for me. This is just a small portion of a three-page journal entry, there’s just so much to be discovered in all these scriptures about joy. I’ll post the reading for the rest of the week on the page marked JOY (soon) and then you can start your own wonderful journey to a transformed mind. This study is quickly changing my life, so…yay, Joy!
Finding Joy – Day One
READ: I Kings 1; 1 Chronicles 12; Psalm 16:4; Proverbs 29:2
Key verses: I Chr. 12:38; I Kings 1:39 & 40
Key principle: Joy comes from living under the right leadership.
Thoughts: When I know that I am going to represented, respected and protected by my ruler, my life really can’t go wrong. I get to walk in safety and security. If I think that my leader is incompetent – or worse – corrupt, then my peace will almost immediately vaporize. Without peace, joy is going to be nearly impossible to find.
The identity of my leader – and the depth of my trust in him – is going to determine so much about whether or not I have joy in my life.
I’m so grateful today that my life does not rest in the hands of the Democrats or Republicans. I pray for our president and leaders, but – ultimately – I am living under the rule of the great King of all. He is my shepherd; leading and providing and loving me to safety and success. He is my counselor; sharing wisdom and insight for times of doubt and confusion. He is a King who can be trusted.
I have to wonder: if I am discouraged and groaning under the weight of my circumstances, have I really truly set Him in as leader over my life? If joy is elusive and difficult to nail down, it’s generally not because of the president or my boss at work or my husband or anyone else with authority in my life – it’s because I have set myself in as ruler and king. And I am seriously unqualified for the job.
For me, today – Day One of this pursuit of JOY – I am blasting the trumpet and announcing the appointment of a King. I am setting Him into authority and asking Him to create a safe, peaceful and prosperous land out of my life. I am promising not just to follow and obey – but to love and communicate with Him. I am committing to real relationship with my real ruler.
And I hope that people far and near can hear and see my good news. I hope that the land around me resounds with the noise of His victory in my life.
Long live the King!