Why are you downcast, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise Him, my salvation and my God Psalm 42:5-6, 11
While studying the Book of Job over the past weeks, I have looked again on the subject of suffering, loss and God’s sovereignty. I began to read and found myself relating to Job in a number of ways. Everything was good in this man’s life and then it was one hardship after another. I was reminded of a period of time in my recent past once again.
Part of the study book I was using has a section called “Personalize this Lesson.” While reading this particular section a sentence grabbed my attention. “While God may not restore exactly what we have lost, He can bring new sources of joy to us.” You and I can often dwell on our losses and the fact that things will never be the same. But I was challenged and I would like to challenge you to look for new sources of joy. It may take a good amount of time but if we will look for them we will find them.
I quoted this sentence recently with a widow and she was excited to think how God had brought her a husband after her first husband died suddenly. He is now her new source of joy.
Today you may need to know in your sorrow that joy will come again. You may need to be open to see the new sources of joy the Lord is giving you. Maybe it is time to allow yourself to enter into a new season of joy. Trust God to restore your losses in His timing. He can bring new sources of joy to you!
Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves as Director of Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and teaches a Bible Study for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.