Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
(Habakkuk 3:18, NKJV)
I don’t think I’d be exaggerating to say that life seems to be getting tougher these days. The reports of sickness, backbiting, gossiping and slander are profuse. People are crying out for help as trouble beats at their door, demanding entrance. I wish I could say I speak only of those who are perishing outside the gates. Yet it is those of us who have been redeemed that I speak of. Without fear of reprisal, the enemies of our God walk into our homes and lure our children with worldly trinkets, toys, and philosophies. We’re robbed of the joy that is ours for no other reason than that we forget to remember joy and Who it is that joy comes from! We lament and bemoan as those who are without hope.
Though this may be our natural flesh response to the times we’re in, it is here that we must fight to remember the God of our salvation with a heart of full of joy – joy that cannot find words and yet overflows out of our knowledge and remembrance of who He is and who we are not. Though everything is wrong in our outer world, we can leap for joy over our sweet fellowship with Jehovah God.
Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls – yet I will rejoice in the LORD…The LORD God is my strength. (Hab. 3:17-19)
Remember, joy is active and alive. It does not and cannot hide in the shadows. We must determine to praise and thank God for HIs faithfulness, no matter what happens to us.
Lord, through the eyes of faith I will look toward You in the middle of where I am. I will choose to remember and focus on You. I will choose to renounce anything that hinders a life of obedience and humble myself to Your perfect rule over my heart and life. Amen.
Stephanie serves as part of the Addiction Recovery Team at America’s Keswick as Director of Women of Character. She has been married for over 30 years to Sesky Paul who is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy. They have two grown children.
Her single focus in ministry at Keswick is to image Christ in grace and truth to wounded and hurting women, encouraging them to make Jesus the truest Lover of their soul and the One in whom all hope lies.
Well, it is that time again for our annual Family Freedom Walk, May 10, 2014. We are having a little staff competition to see who can raise the most money. We would like to invite you to support one of your Victory Call writers. Click on their link below and it will take you directly to their individual webpage for the walk. You can give directly through their webpage.
Joyce Hayes http://americaskeswick.donorpages.com/FamilyFreedomWalk2014/RobertJoyceandCarterHayes/
If you would like to help us raise money for the Addiction Recovery Ministries – to help men, women and children, we would love to have you walk with us. If you are interested please go to our website and sign up today then start raising sponsors. https://americaskeswicknj.wufoo.com/forms/m1n6o0kg099lmdu/
Thank you so much for your support.