Monday, January 27, 2014

beauty from ashes...

January 27, 2014
Ecclesiastes 2:26 For to the one who pleases him God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy…

God is the giver of joy. I knew this of course. God is the giver of all good things and joy is certainly a good thing. However, how God gives those things is entirely up to Him. The fact of the matter is that my joy can come from a path filled with sorrow and suffering. This seems so contrary to what “we” think is right. We associate, and it’s not an entirely wrong assumption, that good things bring good things. It’s contrary for us to associate bad things bringing good blessings. Yet, such is the way of God. He is bigger than any good or bad thing in our lives. This idea of joy from sorrow, beauty from ashes, forces us to look at Him and not at our circumstances.

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