Listening To The Word

A Daily Devotional

By Randy Friesen

Joy Unexpected (or: What Makes You Jump?)

Today's Life Journal Bible readingDaniel 11-12; Luke 6

“Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil because of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their fathers treated the prophets.”
Luke 6:22-23

When the life and joy of the Lord within us is greater than the opposition around us, we can leap for joy in the face of insults and rejection for the sake of Christ. Our joy comes, not just from the Spirit of God within us, but also, from the knowledge of our future reward. Living for future gratification, rather than immediate gratification, is a mark of a mature disciple of Jesus. We value God’s timing and God’s opinion more than the world’s. The joy of pleasing God is satisfying at a level that no earthly pleasure can attain. We experience deep peace when we live our lives for God’s glory and fame. In this world we will have trouble. Jesus said “But take heart, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33b)

“Lord Jesus, fill me with the joy of knowing and doing your will this day, for your glory, regardless of the cost.”