~ Events That Create True Joy ~
Creation ~ “Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said: ‘Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge? … Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy” (Job 38:1-7).
Christ’s First Coming ~ “‘For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!’” (Luke 2:11-14).
Salvation of the Lost ~ In telling the parable of the prodigal son who came to his senses Jesus said, “the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry” (Luke 15:22-24).
comment: the joy regarding salvation is the topic of the next two posts in this series.
Obedience of the Saved ~ “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth” (3 John 4).
Glorification of His Own ~ “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 24).
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW
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