Romans 8:38 - "In these things we are more than conquerers through Him that loved us."
Not long ago, a friend of mine lost her six-month old baby girl to Sudden Infant Death syndrome. I cannot imagine the pain and confusion the moments and days brought after the death of her daughter. Family and friends encircled the family, encouraging and praying for them as they walked through funeral plans and the beginning of the mourning process. My heart, like many others, was broken for them as I read the updates and emails sent by friends. Finally, an update from the family came in the form of a song by Kari Jobe. The mother wrote the following, “This song has become my confession. I know he is for me.”
Such certainty is an amazing thing. Every message the family wrote was grief stricken but filled with thankfulness and joy. The term 'deep abiding joy' has floated around sanctuaries for decades -- but my friend and her family were living breathing examples of the undercurrent of the stream of love they had tapped into.
Romans tells us in chapter 8 we are MORE than conquerers. Victory is good, but victory over this world coupled with the love of God is amazing. God desires the best for us in all things, and that desire is perfected in His love. He has gifted us with His spirit to fill and guide us. He has made available the wellspring of contentment that leads to joy. Joy, by nature, is uncontainable. It is more than happiness, it is the right, in the face of hardship, to know without a doubt we have won today and will win tomorrow. God has given us the victory over sadness, anger, and guilt. He has laid out an overflowing cup, all we need to do it take hold and drink deeply.
Have you claimed God's victory - Joy in the face of pain and sorrow?
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