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Day 53 – Issue 36

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Be Still Know

READ: Luke 15:8-10 NLT

Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and sweep the entire house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she will call in her friends and neighbours and say, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost coin.’

It seems to me that almost everyone has got a moving story to tell of the time when they lost something very precious. For me it is normally my keys, glasses or mobile phone and, most of the time, the search concludes successfully within a few anxious minutes. I have never lost my wedding ring but I have heard many heart rending stories of people who have. The woman in this story has lost one of the ten silver coins that formed part of her headdress and which would have been given to her when she got married. There was no point in telling her that she had still got nine! The coin was of massive sentimental value and losing it caused her great distress.

The pain of losing something as precious as the silver coin is massive. It’s gut wrenching and it dominates life. We struggle to settle to anything else. But then the moment of discovery comes and the joy is overwhelming. It would be unthinkable to keep the joy to ourselves. Everyone needs to know about it! And Jesus says that’s exactly how it is in heaven when a sinner repents. When even one person turns to God in repentance heaven has a party!

Joy is a big theme in the Bible and it is God’s response to everything coming together. Everything in its right place. Sin is the opposite. Sin always spoils, tarnishes and destroys and leads to certain misery. But when we live in step with God the outcome is joy because he sees everything coming together in the way that he wants. God’s supreme desire for us today is for us to share in his joy and we will do precisely that as we let his Spirit fill us and direct us.

QUESTION: What brings you most joy in life and in what way do you think that God shares in that joy?

PRAYER: Loving Father we thank you that you give us so much joy as we live in step with you day by day. Amen.

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