But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. David said about him:
“ ‘I saw the Lord always before me.
Because he is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest in hope…’ ”
“God was saying to me that as I trust Him and seek to live in Him and for Him, then I can assuredly know that nothing will be allowed to touch my life by accident or coincidence. God is in control, and in fulfilment of His will—on a larger canvas than I can see—everything big or little that comes into my life is part of His purpose. That is utterly amazing! He offers me the privilege of being part of His purpose, part of His plan, moment by moment. So I can think of everything that comes as a privilege! …[W]hether I think I can see a point in it or not, ALL is privilege…
I now look back over my seventy years of loving and serving the Lord Jesus. It is often so much easier to see in hindsight how each circumstance worked itself out to be a privileged joy. Yet I am sure, as we all grow in grace, we will come to accept and understand this tremendous truth day by day without having to resort to, or wait for, hindsight!” (H. Roseveare, Count it All Joy)
Let’s pray: Lord, may we live this day with the unshakable joy that comes from remaining in you and walking with your Spirit. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Let’s sing: “Joy to the World/Joy of the Lord” (Maverick City/TRIBL). Click here.