Do you ever have times when you feel really, really up, positive, happy, full of bubbly (not literally), you just feel good for no apparent reason that you can pin point, just joyful. I do occasionally, like tonight, and I think and ponder on why. If there is a reason I would like to figure it out so I can do it again, but for the life of me I can’t connect any dots. It seems so random and arbitrary, but I know there is a reason. The hard part about trying to figure out the cause or condition that was met is that God’s blessing of joy is seldom a reward for something we did today, but usually a blessing from last week or month or even a year ago. When Jesus was baptized the Father spoke from heaven saying, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased”. In the parable of the talents the servants with the 2 and the 5 talents both doubled them, and heard the master say to them, ” well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your master”. I believe that when we have lived our life in such a way that the a Father is pleased with us that we sense His pleasure in the form of inward joy. One of the things to consider, especially this time of year when you are writing your goals, is that faithful Bible reading, memorization, and meditation is a major source of joy.

Jeremiah 15:16 Your words were found and I ate them, And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart;

I read 14 chapters in the Bible every day, and I spend 30 minutes every day memorizing Bible verses and reviewing those I have already memorized. Some would say that I do that because I am a Pastor so I am just doing my job, but if I were running a dairy and milking cows 10 hours a day, I would keep the exact same schedule and discipline that I have now for Bible reading, study, and memorization. The reason is because of all the blessings that come into my life because of my devotion to the Word of God.

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