Comfort and Joy

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end” (Ephesians 3:20-21).

“Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength”  (Nehemiah 8:10).

Comfort and joy go together.  Comfort brings joy and joy brings comfort.  But here is the key.  Sometimes when you are in the place where you need comfort, the last thing you want is to be around someone who is perky, right?  A little joy is okay, but when a person is over the top happy all the time, do you sometimes want to suggest to the person “happy down” a little.

Sometimes to receive comfort, it is necessary to let the walls of resistance down and be open to the joy in someone else’s heart.  That joy can be a bit contagious and can begin to heal the wounds that cause you so much pain.

Allow the joy in another person’s heart to be the tender medicine you so need.  It may just be that God will choose that joy to help you rise from the pit you’ve sunken into.

Prayer for Today

Dear Heavenly Father, I need some joy in my life.  Help me to be open to the joy that others can share with me.  I pray too, Father that I may find comfort and joy in You and Your Word.  Help me to trust You enough to find joy there. Amen.

Scripture Meditation

Philippians 4:4

Habakkuk 3:18

I Thessalonians 5:16