Tuesday, October 7, 2014

On Being Cheerful

I'm going to try and go do a few things--see if I can work a little bit . . . drive into town, run a couple errands and prime a back door I have all scraped, sanded and ready to go. . . . Still have a quite a bit of pain, so not sure how long I can hold out with the walking and standing and working part. . . .

Meanwhile, I recall to mind . . . that unique combination of spiritualized melancholy . . . with ready joy and a deep, lurking excitement . . . which demarcates the believer from the unbeliever.  Or should.

There is a sorrow we share with the Lord-- a genuine grieving at the fallen state of creation, the pain and suffering caused by sin and the affront to God resultant.  But at the same time, there is that peace "that passeth understanding" . . . and even a certain ongoing cheerfulness that necessarily follows when has Christ within and is maintained in the faith that justice will see its day AND especially God's mercy upon His people--looking to the glory of the promised hereafter.  "Christians" who go about depressed, frowning, cold and glowering show that they do NOT have the Spirit, but instead are relying on their own works and/or the works of the world, where there is no hope.  Real hope, found in true belief, wrought in faith . . . brings peace, joy, confidence, fearlessness. . . . .

2 comments:

Mark said...

Isaiah 11:6-9
6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.

7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall
eat straw like the ox.

8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.

9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.

In a siplicity this scripture is teaching without truly knowing God/Jesus not the go to church version there's no peace within.

The peace within is in example with beasts of the earth laying together when they are enemies in nature.

Or is your fierce lion laying with your meek lamb within.

The rod is the knowledge.

The mountain is where "that rock" is located.

All of Isaiah 11 is relevant.

Anonymous said...

Amen

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