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The Strange Material of Joy

28 Aug

The Strange Material of Joy…

The Bible contains a beautiful promise. It says, “I will turn your mourning into joy.” It doesn’t say, “I’ll stop your mourning, make it disappear, or I will add joy.” Nothing like that. It says “I will turn your mourning into joy.”

It’s one thing to take away mourning, but God does better than that. God uses your mourning. He redeems your sorrow. He takes your heartbreaks as raw materials for joy. God causes all things to work together for good for those who love Him, including your mourning. He uses it to become joy.

We look at our sorrows, disappointments, tragedies, and losses, and we mourn. Be encouraged. God promises to take your sorrows, disappointments and tragedies and turn them around to actually produce joy and blessing.

One day, you will thank God for that mourning. Stop living in sadness; give that mourning to Him and see Him turn it for good and into joy. Start giving Him thanks even now before you see it, and you will see it turn.

Your mourning will stop being mourning, but the raw material out of which comes your joy.

And provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. Isaiah 61:3

Expect God’s promise of blessing even before you see it. Watch how God turns your sorrows into your joy.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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