Even though the fig trees are all destroyed, and there is neither blossom left nor fruit, and thought the olive crops all fail, and the fields lie barren; even if the flocks die in the fields and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will be happy in the God of my salvation.
Who we are……this is a subject near and dear to my heart. I see people daily that profess to be Christians yet they are bitter, malicious, gossipy, whiners, and overall, people that are not being who God called them to be. As children of God, we are called to a higher purpose. We are called to love others, to seek forgiveness when we are in the wrong, to be humble in saying we are sorry, to promote peace, to be content with all the Lord has blessed us with, to seek his will above all else, and to be pleasant. When people would rather be around those who don’t know God versus those who do, there is a problem!
Do a quick check to see if you are a pleasant person. Do you promote peace or stir gossip? Do you say you are sorry when you are in the wrong? Do people enjoy being around you or do people avoid you due to poor attitude? Are you argumentative? Again, God does not call us to argue with our brothers and sisters, he calls us to love. Are you stuck in a “poor me” mindset that has left you bitter or do you daily praise the Lord for his blessings?
In all things, give thanks. As Christians, we should have the joy of the Lord. The thing about happiness is that it changes depending upon circumstances. Joy is from the Lord and is not disrupted by earthly circumstances.
Check your attitude, intentions, and your inner joy this week. If you are struggling, ask the Lord to restore your joy and to help you be the person he called you to be!