A friend of mine that is not a believer, recently told me that I seemed really stressed out and intense of late. This made me think a little more seriously about what and how I am living my life.
I am busy, as are we all. I have a job, a blog, I read and track a lot of news sources. Added to this, I have friends and extended family all of whom come with varying degree’s of melodrama on any given day. Every one of us spins lots of plates and deals with a lot of things, which sadly, probably doesn’t stop until we die.
After some careful introspection it occurs to me that stress is not the same thing as worry. That intensity is not necessarily an attitude of belligerence or anger. Sometimes our message or discussion of these times may (and probably should) instill fear in others who choose not to see what is happening around them. However, as a Christian it can also be easy to lose track of the track; To miss the forest for the trees so to speak.
If we lose sight of the joy of knowing Messiah because we have become totally focused on everything surrounding his return or the cares of this world then we have robbed the people in our sphere of influence of something critical. We can become so intense in sharing the lateness of the hour, and the signs of the times with those who are not saved that we forget to impart the internal peace and joy of knowing the Savior in any hour.
On the brink of the 3 Fall Feasts of the Lord, we need to focus on our soon coming King. He comes, this time, not as the suffering sacrificial Lamb, but as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. We should be watching for that arrival of the Bridegroom, our little lamps full of oil–in joyful anticipation.
In our 21st Century western culture we often confuse happiness with joy. Joy as you may recall is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. Happiness is circumstantial. I got what I wanted for Christmas, so I am happy. I received the job promotion that I was hoping for therefore I am happy. Don’t misunderstand, Joy and Happiness may often walk hand in hand. Joy in the Hebrew, and all through scripture is a euphemism for what comes to us because of relationship or position with the Lord. (Nehemiah 8:10, Psalm 16:11 and many more.)
Joy transcends situation or circumstance. It is a function of my salvation and new-found status as a child of the King. Messiah-Jesus Loves ME! He redeemed me with his blood. I now wear His righteousness. I have THE JOY of the Lord. I will spend eternity with Him. Wow! Joy encompasses the Wow. As we go about our busy lives we must always remember to radiate that Wow in the midst of an increasingly dark and fearful world.
The Feast of Trumpets begins at sunset tonight. The King is Coming!
References for further study:
2 John 12; Hebrews 12:2; Isaiah 9:3; Isaiah 12:3
Previous posts on the fall Feasts of the Lord for you to peruse if you are new to this site: Let the Shofar Blow, Fly away home, Masterpiece, Escape Plan, The Awe of it all, The Day…There are probably more and all these posts will give you many references from scripture and books to build your knowledge.