Joy’s Anchor

Daily Devotional Thought from 'this is what i have to say' with Darryl SchoemanLuke 1:39-45  At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea,  (40)  where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth.  (41)  When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.  (42)  In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!  (43)  But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?  (44)  As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.  (45)  Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!”

If we had to summarise this entire passage with but a single word, that word would be joy. Joy drips off of every verse. The angel has just told Mary that she is going to bear God’s Son and that her cousin Elizabeth was also pregnant. So with joy she hurries off to visit with Elizabeth. Then when she enters Elizabeth’s house, she does not wait to see her or find her before she starts greeting. No! She is too excited, too filled with joy. I can imagine her stepping through the door and loudly calling out, “Elizabeth! Elizabeth!”

And Elizabeth too is full of joy. She herself has been visited by the angel and is pregnant with the child that the angel said she would bear in her old age. But upon hearing Mary’s calling her name, her joy is increased, and even her baby responds with joy at Mary’s presence. Then filled with the Holy Spirit, Elizabeth joyfully announces a blessing upon Mary and her special child. And recognising the presence of God in her midst, Elizabeth joyfully recognises the favour of God in being visited by Mary, the mother of Jesus.

Finally, with joy, Elizabeth recognises that the essence of being blessed, of being filled with joy, is our faith in God and His promises. Faith is the anchor of joy.

You see joy needs faith. Joy that has nothing to cling to, is but only optimism. Optimism is not joy. Optimism is grounded, is rooted, in blind faith. Blind faith is not the same as faith. Blind faith is something that by our own design and desire, may or may not come to fruition, to fulfilment, to completion. Blind faith is not rooted in God, but man. And therefore it is not faith at all, but only optimism.

Faith on the other hand is rooted in God. It is grounded in who He is and what He can do. Just a few verses back, Gabriel declares to Mary that nothing is impossible for God. And because nothing is impossible for God, we can be confident that what He said, will be accomplished. And because what he said will be accomplished, we can be joyful, have joy.

Friends! Satan will come to try and rob you of your joy. He will make you look around at your circumstances and he will plant the seed of doubt as he did with Eve in the Garden of Eden and ask, “Did God really say?” Do not be fooled by this question. You need to remember that the anchor of your joy is faith in God and His promises.

At the end of his life, John finds himself in prison. After leaping with joy in his mother’s womb at the presence of Christ, the whispers of doubt now fill his ears. He sends a messenger to Jesus asking, “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else” (Luke 7:19)? And Jesus replies, “The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor” (Luke 7:22). What Jesus was pointing out to John’s disciples was that the promises of God were being fulfilled. And so John could be confident in his earlier joy, knowing that it was not mere optimism, but rooted in faith in God.

Trust in God.
Remember His promises.
And be blessed and full of joy knowing that what has been promised by God will be accomplished.

my name is darryl
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About Darryl Schoeman

My Personal Life : challenge leads to thought and thought leads to change More than the Apostle Paul, I can say that I am the chief of sinners (really really really). But I love God and I love the Bible. So I try to live my life with the constant realisation that God is PERMANENTLY with me (yes even when I sin), and seek His presence in everything that I do (except when I sin) and in everything that happens. I share this with others so that they too can believe it and then seek to live it.

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