Scripture Reference: “All the days of the desponding afflicted are made evil (by anxious thoughts and foreboding), but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast (regardless of circumstances)” – Proverbs 15:15 AMP
Depression is demonic. It stifles potentials and kills initiative while laughter ventilates the soul. It keeps us open to destiny- moulding ideas. Excited people rule the world, for they never run short of divine ideas. ‘Be joyful, again I say be joyful’. These words can be adapted from the words of Paul. He said, “Rejoice, again I say rejoice”.
A wise man said, “It takes more muscles to frown than to laugh”. Laughing is cost effective. It yields great dividends. Joseph was undoubtedly a very joyful person. Looking at the myriad of challenges he went through, he had “reasons” to be depressed. He was falsely accused and imprisoned. In fact, he avoided fornication due to his fear for God and in spite of this faithfulness to God, he landed in prison. Somebody might have thought, “Maybe I should have given in to Potiphar’s wife. Why can’t God fight or vindicate me. What am I doing in prison”? Joseph understood the mystery of faithfulness. It becomes a seed that yields a stable future. Christian maturity is required when it comes to such life issues. Just like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego said, “Even if God will not save us, it is not right to bow down to another god”. Obedience comes first. Obedience is always better than sacrifice. Genuine joy comes from being obedient.
Daily digest: S. Perry said, “Nobody likes sad People”, so be cheerful.
Prayer: Lord, I rejoice at your word. I thank you for I choose to remain faithful in spite of circumstances, for I know that therein is lasting toy. Thank you, Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.