Thursday, March 22
Today we say “Yes” to Joy and “No” to Sorrow. A couple of weeks ago (March 7), we were challenged with a devotion to experience a good day and avoid a bad day. Today’s devotion isdifferent because it is focused on two specific emotions that are often at odds with each other. Although we can’t control everything that we encounter today, we can focus on trying to experience Joy while avoiding Sorrow.
One might ask, “What’s the point?” The point is this: Many times in life, we are faced with very difficult tasks. Just as Jesus faced the triumphal entry on Palm Sunday with great Sorrow in his heart (he knew what was going to happen), he still faced the parade with great Joy, allowing his disciples and other followers to do the same. This was important for a couple of reasons.
First, all of Jesus’ followers were going to need the memory of a Joyful day. There were enough bad times ahead that the memory of a Joyful day might make all the difference in the world during those most difficult days of Sorrow to come. Second, following the Resurrection, Jesus’ followers could reflect on how Jesus received them (with Joy), even though Jesus was aware of his impending doom.
Jesus became a prime example of how to face great Sorrow with Joy.Hopefully, we won’t have to face great Sorrow today. Buteven if we do, we can still intentionally focus on trying to experience Joy, giving the people around us evidence of God’s amazing power and glory. When we set our sights on Joy, especially in bad situations, we can become great witnesses of the Joy that Christ brings through the Resurrection.
Today, say “Yes” to Joy and “No” to Sorrow!
“The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the LORD has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. The LORD has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad” (Psalm 118:22-24, NIV).