Genesis 17:1,2, When Abram was 99 years old, God. . . .said. . . “I am the Strong God, live entirely before Me, live to the hilt! I’ll….give you a huge family.” Overwhelmed, Abram fell flat on his face.
Lessons for Living Today:
Nothing is impossible for God. But that does not mean He pulls out all the stops and gives us all a bed of roses for a life. Why not? Just look at the rich and famous and you can clearly see that wealth is not the key to happiness. Neither is a clean bill of health. There are scores of miserable people who are completely healthy and wealthy. By acknowledging God as Abram did and living entirely before Him, even living to the hilt, regardless of the circumstances we are completely overwhelmed with Joy.
God doesn’t take away all the bumps in our road but He travels with us. He has said that as we draw near to him he draws near to us. But how does one draw near to God? God’s very Spirit is alive and connects to us as we read, meditate and pray through His Word the Bible. It is this connection with God that smooths out the bumps of life and gives overwhelming joy–whatever happens. In the joys and sorrows of life God’s presence makes all the difference. Yes, even in great pain God’s presence overwhelms with joy. His abiding presence provides a peace that passes understanding.
Are you overwhelmed with something about now? So was Abram but instead of letting it control him he gave the control of his life’s circumstances over to God. He lived in complete trust in God and God did not disappoint him. He will not disappoint us either. We can “live to the hilt” whatever our circumstances. When God is for us it does not matter who is against us. Joy is ours even when it seems all the odds are against us. God’s presence is enough!
God’s Question: Could you use a little joy about now?
God’s Promise: I specializing in overwhelming with joy.
My Prayer to God:
I praise You for your peace that passes understanding.
I am sorry I have ever felt discouraged or downhearted.
Thank You for always being available to give me joy.
Help me be at your beck and call to give joy to others.