BY Jena Kleinpeter
Ps 1:1-2 Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night.
It is appropriate that we start with the first verses of the book of Psalms but it never dawned on me how important these words are. As a young Christian I was taught all the “do’s and don’ts.” Choosing right from wrong is difficult on so many levels. It is so comfortable to “hang” with old friends, going along with the crowd and taking the easy road. There are constant choices, go the old way (your way) or God’s way (the path planned before you were born). Though God never promised an easy life, he promised that everlasting life is worth the struggle and to help and guide us.
Many years ago our youngest son asked “Mom why do you follow laws and rules?” My first gut reaction was without laws, destruction and chaos would follow. However, later in life I realized that laws and rules are the foundation of any society. Without them, you have nothing to stand on when life hits you right between the eyes. God’s laws give us the secure belief we did our best. Many times in life, I referred to the Bible for confidence I made the right choice.
This is where joy comes in. Joy is a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. However, joy is not the first feeling that comes to mind when problems arise. Examine your problems through God’s eyes. Before long, you will see the bigger picture and be able to work through it. That is when the euphoria of God comes through and you finally feel the joy of the Lord.
Edited by Teena Myers, SCW Chairman
Jena Kleinpeter‘s Word of the Day is a work in progress. She hopes to publish a 365 day devotional on the book of Psalms. Your feedback in the comments section is welcome.