Faye Bryant

Choose Joy

Joyful. Full of joy. Regardless-of-circumstances joy. Beyond-happiness joy.

Who doesn’t want that? And God gives us a two-step formula by which to achieve it!

1. Obey God’s laws.
2. Search for Him wholeheartedly.

Simple enough, right?
Then why aren’t we believers joyful beyond description?

Simply put, it must be we’re missing one of the two steps.

Jeremiah wrote in Lamentations 3:40 an encouragement to examine and test our ways — thoughts, beliefs, actions — and turn to the Lord.

If we’re not joyful as the psalmist wrote, this would be a good time to examine our ways, making sure our thoughts line up with His Word and that we’re being obedient to it. It would also do us good to be honest about whether we’re seeking Him with all our hearts.

That doesn’t mean we can’t be interested in other things or that we can’t build a business and raise a family. It means that in all the moments of doing those things, we’re still focused on Him, seeking His face so we can see with clarity all that is before us.

Today seems a good day to start the examination. The good news is, you don’t have to go digging around inside all your thoughts hoping to find whatever. Ask God to reveal to you anything that is not pleasing to Him. He will show you! Ask Him to show you where you’re not fully obedient to His laws; He will! Ask God to show you the times and ways you should be searching and seeking Him. He is faithful to do these things for you, His beloved child. Trust Him and take action on what you learn.

Let’s get joyful!!!

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