I am so glad that I have discovered God’s approach to be entirely different, both in my own life and in the pages of the bible.
Life is Beautiful!
Psalm 16:5-6 | Acts 14:17 | Eph 1:3-5
Apparently, so the scholars tell us, so much of Jesus’ actions and words, when understood in his cultural context, were flat out hilarious. It seems he was part of the long tradition of great teachers who use humour to get their message into the deep recesses of his listeners’ hearts. And he explicitly said that one of his greatest wishes was that we would be filled with his joy and our joy would be complete.
I, like you, have had my fair share of pain in life, however. (not sure what a ‘fair share’ is?!!!) So thinking about God’s love, let alone his joy, can feel a little incongruous – especially when we are supposed to experience them both and be thankful for them!
So, know that, whatever your story has been or will be, God’s heart and will for you, his design for you, is that you know joy and unconditional love, and peace. As you think about your future in God, welcome these three things into the very fabric of all that you dream of and plan: love, joy and peace.