I am intrigued with something Deborah Marie wrote on her blog, Great is God’s Faithfulness. The title of the post was, The Key to Life, and it was all about the choice set before God’s people in Deuteronomy 30:19-20.
Moses challenged them to love, obey and commit totally to God–to choose life over death and blessings over curses. This choice would be the key to life, but God would not make it for them.
“OK,” I thought. “I have the master key to life, but it’s useless until I stick it into a lock and turn it. What motivates me to do that?”
I found the answer in another excellent devotional. Glenn Packiam, writing in Our Daily Bread, shared an article called, Costly Joy. The scripture he spotlighted was Christ’s parable of the hidden treasure.
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.” — (Matthew 13:44)
The author then connects the dots to reveal the secret of unswerving motivation:
“Joy drives change–not guilt or duty.”Glenn Packiam
BINGO! The Joy of the Lord inspires us to choose and use the key to life.
There’s a great example of this in action in Nehemiah chapter 8. The wall around Jerusalem had just been completed, and all the people came together to worship God. These folks hadn’t been to church or heard the Word in a long time. So when the scribe Ezra read from the Law of Moses, the congregation fell under conviction and began to weep. But Nehemiah said, “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10
According to the book of Hebrews, it was this same kind of joy that gave Jesus the strength to endure the cross (Hebrews 12:2).
It may have been Friday night, but the Lord knew Sunday morning was coming!
You and I have read the book: God wins.
And winners go out in joy and are led forth in peace (Isaiah 55:12).
“Joy is the reason; surrender is the response. The treasure of knowing Jesus is the reward.”Glenn Packiam
This joy that I have
the world can’t take it away
It belongs to God.
This post was originally published on December 30, 2020