Sorrow and violence. Trauma and brokeness. These are the hallmarks of a creation that is suffering from an absence of the knowledge of God. Christ himself warned, “in this world you will have trouble…” (John 16:33a) and yet, God breathed Scripture also commands us to “Rejoice in the Lord always.” (Phillipians 4:4) These words falling on the ears of frail, mortal flesh at first seem irreconcilable. How does the child of God live a life defined by joy in seasons of suffering and sorrow?
We must seek not only deliverance but the knowledge of the Lord in our trials. We must pray not only, “God save me!” but also, “Lord, let me know you here.” When God reveals himself to us in our dark hour, praise will burst forth from our hearts. In that moment, we will be filled with joy because we will be centered upon our most fundamental purpose: to know God and offer praise to His name.
When He reveals Himself to us, we can not help but fall in love with Him more deeply. He is mighty, awesome, and holy but He is also tender, compassionate, and sweet.
Draw me near today. Give me ears for your voice. Reveal yourself to me in this place and I wll cry with the cherebium, “Holy! Holy! Holy!” Amen”
“With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” Isaiah 12:3