Look at this remarkable passage spoken by the Lord through the prophet Isaiah.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.” (Isaiah 43:2)
No matter what we may be going through, we need to realize we’re not going through it alone. God is with us every step.
David knew this, even in the darkest of days when he despair of life itself. He knew God was there by his side.
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4)
David knew the truth that God would always be there, and that He would never leave him nor forsake him.
Listen again to David when he said, “If it had not been the Lord who was on our side … then the waters would have overwhelmed us, the stream would have gone over our soul.” Psalm 124:2-4)
And so to live that joy filled life we need to realize that no matter what we go through in this life, the Lord is always there with us through it all, and it will not destroy us. The waters may get high, but they will never drown us, and the fires may get hot, but they will never burn us.
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.” (Psalm 34:19)
And so we can be filled with joy, inspite of what’s happening, because the joy of the Lord is found in His presence.
“You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11)
So, finding joy in the midst of life’s hardships comes down focusing on the Lord.
Dennis Lee is the senior pastor of Living Waters Fellowship located at 211 West 1st South behind ACE Hardware. Sunday Service times are 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.