As time goes on the more and more I realize that we all will experience adversity at one time or another. Pain is inevitable. Hardship is inevitable. This is all a product of a broken world, and when we try to find our joy and satisfaction in the things of this world, we are going to eventually be disappointed every time. I guarantee it.
Although David was known as “a man after God’s own heart” he also sought to be satisfied in the things of this world, and it didn’t work out too well for him. God sent a prophet to confront him, and David repented. Psalm 51 is David’s prayer of confession and repentance. The thing that David lost was that he was no longer filled with joy at the thought of God’s saving grace. When he lost sight of that joy, he looked to worldly desires to find joy, and that led to destruction, pain, and disappointment.
My friends, are you actually looking to God for your joy? I mean are you really? If you are like me, then you also struggle with this. We all tend to try and find joy in the things of this world, but the Bible tells us (it’s pretty much all over the Bible) that the things of this world just won’t do. So my challenge to you this week is to try and gain/regain the joy of God’s salvation. It starts with confession, and then from there we can all experience the joy of knowing God’s forgiveness and his saving grace. If you haven’t tried this before, then start, and if you have tried it before, then it’s time to do it again.