Our world is filled with pleasure seekers. People build huge casinos and call them pleasure palaces. They buy luxurious yachts called pleasure craft. Everywhere you turn in the entertainment media, it seems, people are looking for some form of self-gratification.
Now, don’t get me wrong. Many pleasures are wholesome and provide a needed diversion in our stress-filled lives. Yet the endless round of pleasure-seeking can easily keep people from finding something far better – an enduring joy that does depend on circumstances or some new thrill. If they only knew the significance of godly joy, they wouldn’t be working so hard to find pleasure.
When we examine what James said about our attitude toward trials, we see that it is possible to have peace of mind and contentment even in adverse situations. To do that, we must have a right relationship with God and the conviction that everything He allows to happen in our lives will work out for our ultimate good.
If we learn to think that way, we can actually “count it all joy when [we] fall into various trials.” That’s a joy that nothing can destroy. None of life’s pleasures can compare with the joy that God gives. – J. David Branon
There is peace in midst of turmoil,
There is joy when eyes are dim,
There is perfect understanding
When we leave it all to Him – Brown
It isn’t your position that makes you happy, it’s your disposition.
- April 11, 1991, Our Daily Bread