So often we act as though our joy depends on all the ideal circumstances falling into place for our lives so that we never face stress, pain, suffering, or trials. Instead, our joy should depend on the presence of God which never fluctuates or changes.
Pause for a moment and consider the following words (from World Magazine) spoken by church leader in China:
“Stop praying for persecution in China to end. It is through persecution that the Church has grown. We, in fact, are praying that the American Church might taste the same persecution so revival would come to the American Church like we have seen in China.”
Not only has this church leader seen the blessings come from “less than ideal” circumstances, he is praying for us to suffer, so that we may know the joy of revival.
Perhaps now is a good time to pray a prayer of confession and repentance for our being so quick to let the slightest inconvenience rob us of our joy. And perhaps we should follow that prayer with another – a prayer thanking God for His abiding, unfailing presence.
Psalm 18:2, NLT
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior;
my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.
He is my shield, the strength of my salvation, and my stronghold.
Psalm 19:14, NLT
May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart
be pleasing to you,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.