Living without joy…

Given the incredible amount of sadness and loss over the past few days, and the ongoing personal issues so many of us experience at this time of year with issues of health, personal relationships and finances…it seemed appropriate to share this daily thought from the legendary theologian and author, A W Tozer; as provided by Biblegateway.com. tears_of_sadness

My hope is for you to be encouraged and strengthened by his message of hope and bittersweet truth about our faith and the ways in which God works within us to build something beautiful. Merry Christmas in this difficult year. RTP.

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For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning“.—Psalm 30:5

“But there is a limit to man’s ability to live without joy. Even Christ could endure the cross only because of the joy set before Him. The strongest steel breaks if kept too long under unrelieved tension. God knows exactly how much pressure each one of us can take. He knows how long we can endure the night, so He gives the soul relief, first by welcome glimpses of the morning star and then by the fuller light that harbingers the morning.

Slowly you will discover God’s love in your suffering. Your heart will begin to approve the whole thing. You will learn from yourself what all the schools in the world could not teach you-the healing action of faith without supporting pleasure. You will feel and understand the ministry of the night; its power to purify, to detach, to humble, to destroy the fear of death and, what is more important to you at the moment, the fear of life. And you will learn that sometimes pain can do what even joy cannot, such as exposing the vanity of earth’s trifles and filling your heart with longing for the peace of heaven.” That Incredible Christian, pp. 122-124

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The Above excerpts were from an original Article entitled; “Trials and Pain: The Ministry of the Night”. Adapted in part from Biblegateway.com – and their daily e-devotional;”Tozer on Christian Leadership”. RTP encourages you to consider subscribing to this or one of the many helpful daily resources made available for free at Biblegateway.com.

Reprinted frTozer on Christian Leadershipom Tozer on Christian Leadership by A.W. Tozer, copyright © 2001 by Zur Ltd. Used by permission of WingSpread Publishers, a division of Zur Ltd.

Tozer on Christian Leadership was compiled by Ron Eggert. Bible Gateway, 5300 Patterson Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49530 USA. .

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