Day 2 – She can laugh at the days to come Proverbs 31:25
I promised you yesterday (Day 1) that we would go a little deeper today..are you ready. I’ve been squirming in my seat as I begin to write this. It seems so opposite of “She can laugh at the days to come” and yet in my experience true joy, laughter, contentment and trust do not come without the breaking of the heart and human spirit.
You may be saying “So what’s so joyful about life? Just look around..I lost my job, a close friend or family member died from a deadly disease, my neighbor gossiped about my family! etc.”
We are a prideful people and God knows our hearts, whether we like it or not.
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There are many things that keep us from that intimacy with God…
Growing in Him.
Learning to have the same perspective about our lives that God does. Some of the things that may keep us from this intimacy are bitterness, guilt, grief, pride, discontentment. Unless we deal with some of these heart issues we will not truly find joy or ever be able to find peace and “laugh at the days to come”.
Am I saying that we laugh at our hard circumstances or even laugh during our difficult times? No, that is not what I am saying.
Ecc. 3:1 and 4 ” To everything there is season. A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance;”
What I am saying is that we must deal with issues of the heart that are keeping us from experiencing God’s very best for us. Let me ask you just a few questions..
- Are you harboring even a little bitterness? Or maybe a lot of bitterness?
- Do you have guilt from the past that you don’t seem to get rid of?
- Are you stuck in your grieving process.. Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression?
- Do you have unhealthy, self-centered pride?
- Are you discontent with your life or life circumstances?
I have had all of these..many times in my life. The problem is not that we have or have had these issues..it’s what we do with them.
You see there is a difference between that gut wrenching laugh from the funny joke the neighbor told you and that deep laughter and joy that can only come from the freedom that the Lord gives. It’s about trusting God to do the impossible.. whether in our circumstances or in our hearts.
I do not claim to be a counselor or expert on these subjects, but I can tell you that I have had to work through many of these issues..many times..I’m hard headed.
Do you want to be more than Conquerors in Christ? Do you want to impact the world for Christ? The starting place..our hearts.
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Will you trust God to do the Impossible? To do some heart work? It all starts there in secret and intimacy with the One who created you, knows you, and loves you.
Let me know what you think..is a joyful and happy heart more serious than we think?