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Sunday, March 7, 2010

more lessons from Oswald

"The things we try to avoid and fight against - tribulation, suffering, and persecution - are the very things that produce abundant joy in us. 'We are more than conquerors through Him' 'in all these things'; not in spite of them, but in the midst of them. A saint doesn't know the joy of the Lord in spite of tribulation, but because of it."   -Oswald Chambers

Today's devotion from My Utmost For His Highest is titled "The Source of Abundant Joy" and is based on Paul's words in Romans 8. This familiar passage contains amazing truth of God's love. Two particular verses stood out this morning:

28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

32 "He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all - how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?"

These two verses vibrantly express the source of our abundant joy as believers in Christ. I know this to be true, in my mind. I wish my heart and my soul could understand and accept it as well. Because, I could use some joy right now; even if it doesn't come in abundance.