Seek Joy In The Challenge

Matthew 7:7 – Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

On Monday we talked about finding joy in the midst of our trials while referring to James 1:2. Yesterday we touched on one way we can do that, which is by taking the focus off of ourselves and our situations, and on to others. By blessing those around us with the things that we need in the midst of our own trials, we are blessed with them in return. I used the example of encouragement. When we sow the seed of encouragement to those around us, we reap encouragement ourselves. For The Word says, “a man reaps what he sows.” (Galatians 6:7)

Today, I want to touch on Matthew 7:7 where we are instructed to ask, seek, knock. Do you think it is possible to ask The Lord to give you joy in the midst of your challenge? Of course, it is! Remember, he wants us to go to him for EVERYTHING! He is our Father! He is our friend! Nothing is too small, nor to big for him. So, not only is it possible, but necessary and expected. The Lord knows how difficult it is for us to find joy in tough situations. He designed us this way. Why? So that we can lean on him.

Okay, so we ask him to help us find joy in the middle of our trials, now what? Do we just sit back and wait for him to do what only he can do? Absolutely, not. We must put our faith into action by seeking joy! How do we do that? By looking for the good in not so good situations, that’s how.

I remember when Morgan was first diagnosed in 2009 and everything was so new to us. We spent more time in the hospital and clinic over her 3.5 year course of  treatment, than we did at home. In the beginning, I was so focused on all that needed to be done that I missed the blessings within it. Once I began to seek joy in the midst of it, I found it. I found joy in knowing that my daughter was in a nice hospital, being treated by a loving, compassionate and knowledgeable team of providers. I found joy in knowing that she was receiving the medications that she needed. I found joy in the smallest of things. And, as I begin to find joy in those things, The Lord revealed more things within them to bring joy to my heart. I believe this is what the scripture is referring to when it says, “knock and the door will be opened to you”. See, as we knock on the door of joy, joy will answer. In other words, once we seek joy, we will begin to find more things that brings us joy.

The key here is that we must take action! We must ASK The Lord to help us to find joy in our challenges. We must SEEK joy within them. Finally, we must KNOCK on the door of joy. When we do, joy will not only answer in the midst of our challenges, but in every area of our lives!

With that, if there are any of you that are currently faced with a challenge and would like someone to join you in prayer, please comment below or send me an email. I would love the opportunity to partner with you. Otherwise, I’ll plan on meeting you guys back her tomorrow as we wrap up the blog week. Take care!

Warmest regards,

Salina Watson

 

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