Unspeakable Joy Devotional

March 5.2019

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What if tomorrow never comes? “How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog-it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.” James 4:14

How many of us can attest to being in a situation where you thought ‘This could be it! I may not live through this circumstance!’ It may be a car accident, or an illness. We are faced with experiences on earth that are scary that make us ask the questions what if? What if the worst happened? Am I ready to die? Have I lived my life to the fullest? Do I have any regrets? Should I have laughed more, loved stronger, hugged harder, and lived more abundantly? Should I have done more for others? Have I stepped out in faith to do all God has called me to? Have I allowed my problems and busyness to steal my peace and joy? Have I lived as if I truly loved and appreciated life?

In the book of James, he reprimanded the wealthy for making plans without acknowledging God’s control over their lives and their tendency to prioritize their pursuits over what was important from God’s perspective. He encouraged believers to realize life was short, and time is precious.

We need to stay grounded in our faith and live the abundant life God intended, and it’s a shame we allow problems and disappointments to blind us from the beautiful parts of the life we have. Since we’re never guaranteed tomorrow, we should always make the most of today. Colossians 4:5b “Make the most of every opportunity.”

Don’t search for a different life, a carefree life or life with perfect circumstances in order to love our life and make the most of it. It’s never too late to start anew and being intentionally living each day with purpose and joy.

Ecclesiates 3:12-13 “So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God.”

Lord, forgive me for letting things stand in the way of appreciating, loving and enjoying the life You’ve given me. Help me make the most of every moment beginning today. Amen.

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