VALUE AND JOY

MARCH 23|TUESDAY
BIBLE READING|2 PETER 1:1-3

Are you getting what you want out of life? Do you feel that the economy, your government, circumstances, or other outside factors are robbing you of value and joy?

Recently, a polling agency in a Western country asked 1,000 people what they most desired in their lives. One fascinating result was that 90 percent of Bible-believing Christians said that they wanted these outcomes: a close
relationship with God, a clear purpose in life, a high degree of integrity, and a deep commitment to the faith.

Notice that these heartfelt desires are all things we as individuals can do something about without outside human help. No government programme will assist here, and tough economic times cannot steal these ideals. These
life goals are achieved as we allow God’s Word to rule in our heart and as we receive the Spirit’s strength to build up “the inner man” (Eph. 3:16), resulting in everlasting joy.

In our complicated world, it’s tempting to put our quest for what we desire into the hands of others to expect an outside entity to fulfil our desires. While we sometimes need help, and we cannot live in isolation, it’s not
outside sources that provide true happiness. True happiness comes from within from letting Christ be at home in our hearts.

PRAYER: Father, deepen my knowledge of you, so that I can readily access all that your divine power has given to me.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR | JOSHUA 13-15 & LUKE 1:57-80

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