Trust the Giver, receive the Joy

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Though the fig tree does not bud
    and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
    and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
    and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
    I will be joyful in God my Savior.” Habakkuk 3:17

I watched the movie Chef last night. I loved it for a thousand reasons- it appealed to my inner-foodie, the writing was amazing, the cast was beyond talented, the scenery was picturesque- but most of all, the aspect of the main character standing up and facing his giants (he had a few!) resonated with me. In the end the main character triumphs over the giants and they all live happily ever after. As a child of God we enjoy that same ultimate happy ending as children of God- we will all ultimately live happily ever after- and we have His Joy, in all circumstances, even those with the giants.

Splendor and majesty are before him;
    strength and joy are in his dwelling place.” 1 Chronicles 16:27

Remember that joy is not dependent on your circumstances. Some of the world’s most miserable people are those whose circumstances seem the most enviable. True Joy is a by-product of living in My Presence. Therefore you can experience it in palaces, in prisons…anywhere. -Sarah Young, Jesus Calling

It came to pass…that the brook dried up.” 1 Kings 17:7

Sometimes our perspective can get in the way of receiving Joy. When we walk along looking down at the sidewalk we miss the rainbows. It’s the same thing. If you’re focused on what appear to be negatives in the circumstance, or the giant himself, you may well miss the blessings and the Joy. Look up, look forward, don’t focus on the past (the brook that has dried up. Trust the Giver- receive the Joy.

You are a creation of God, made for the purpose of bringing Him glory and honor. The best, most effective thing you can do is walk in the center of His will. -Walking With God, Life Principle #5

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