or How To Seek Out The Joys Of Life
Romans 5:3-5 ESV 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
The purpose of today’s post is to teach how to seek out the joys of life while minimizing the sorrows. Is joy or sorrow our choice? Each life will experience both joy and sorrow. One of the keys to successful living is to enhance our joys and minimize our sorrows. It has been my experience that everyone wants to be happy and no one wants to be sad. Yet, I ask. Can one truly experience joy if sorrow has never been encountered? I believe our sorrows increase and enhance our ability to recognize and identify our joys. Most can immediately visualize the joy of winning ten million dollars. How many would be willing, or wish, to exchange that sum of money for ten years of health or life? A few might say give me the money. I believe more would say give me the health and life. For where there is life there is opportunity to increase wealth; but, when life leaves there is no longer an opportunity to gain or experience anything on this earth.
Therefore, this post focuses on turning sorrows into joy. Can one view or experience the death of a loved one as a joy instead of a sorrow or cause of grief and dismay? Hmmm!!! This post will cover three scenarios that can be determined as joy or sorrow depending on the observer.
THREE TIPS TO TURN SORROW TO JOY
1. Death of loved one.
Most are grieved and sorrowful at the death of a loved one, whether there has been a long illness and suffering or it is sudden and unexpected. Does the believer in Christ Jesus have any assets that can make the death of a loved one a joyous homegoing? Hmmm!!!
Matthew 25:46 These people will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.”
John 5:24-25 “I tell you the solemn truth, the one who hears my message and believes the one who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned, but has crossed over from death to life. I tell you the solemn truth, a time is coming–and is now here–when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.
John 11:25 Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?”
The above verses clearly indicate that the believer goes to a special place. Therefore if the deceased was a believer the one experiencing the loss can celebrate and rejoice their loved one is now with the Lord. If the loved one was lost in sin it is too late for that individual. However, that death can serve as a reminder to share Jesus with other loved ones so that when their time comes they will have eternal life instead of eternal damnation.
2. Financial loss.
Whether it is loss of a job, loss of savings, loss of investments, loss of home, car, etc., any or all of these can cause tremendous sorrow if we so choose. These experiences can b e viewed as failures; or, as opportunities to find ways to replace the financial loss with improved return on investment, i.e. better job, self-employed vs. employee, better car, home, etc.. If the loss is viewed as an opportunity or beginning rather than an end there is an awesome amount of territory to be explored. The individual who pursues new avenues of income has much greater opportunity for success than the one who sits and grieves over what has been lost while making no effort to replace or regain what was lost.
Jeremiah 15:13 “Your wealth and your treasures I will give for booty without cost, Even for all your sins And within all your borders.
Luke 12:16-2l And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man was very productive. “And he began reasoning to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’ “Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods ‘And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”‘ “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’ “So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
When we make Jesus our most important treasure and doing His will our goal we build treasures that are everlasting rather than temporal. Moreover we prosper not only in the future but also in the present.
Jer. 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future
3. Loss of health.
Loss of health can be very devastating. It is frequently accompanied by pain, suffering, loss of energy and mobility. It impacts finances and ability to work; relationships—as stress is applied to the relationship related to various unmet needs. The impact can be felt not only physically, but mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Romans 11:36 Everything comes from the Lord. All things were made because of him and will return to him. Praise the Lord forever! Amen.
Our finite minds cannot understand God’s purpose. We do not know why He allows certain things to occur. The book of Job gives clear evidence that some experiences are for the purpose of glorifying God. Yet, if we are faithful, trust in Him and believe His Holy Word all will be well with us.
Job 42:11-12 11 All his brothers and sisters and prior acquaintances came and dined with him in his house. They consoled him and comforted him over all the adversity that the LORD had brought upon him. And each one gave him a piece of silver and a gold ring. 12So the LORD blessed Job’s latter days more than his first. He owned 14,000sheep, 6,000camels, 1,000yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys.
In conclusion, we can view our life as filled with sorrow and failure; or, we can see it as filled with the joy of Jesus and opportunities to improve or do better. The choice is ours. God’s Word provides instruction and direction we have only to follow the guidelines laid out for us.
I Timothy 6:17 Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.
Share God’s love with someone today. Have a blessed week.
Healthy Life Church Ministry Team