A Blessed Paradox

1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord (Philippians 3).

Of all the benefits of our faith, surely “joy” must be at the top of the list.  After all, cannot the whole state of our fallen world be described by just the opposite — misery?  Compared to the irenic experience in the garden, are not even the best scenes on earth still cloaked in at least shades of misery?  Isn’t the trap of our addictions the pursuit of greater experiences, with dissatisfaction always the end result?

And yet, isn’t the whole of our salvation experience summed up in one word — joy?  We never really knew it until we knew Him.  To “rejoice in the Lord” is to be satisfied always in the finding of Him — and yet paradoxically, always wanting more of Him.  Concerning the things of the earth, we are never satisfied while wanting more, yet concerning the Savior, we are ever satisfied while yet still yearning for His coming.  What a blessed paradox!

Lord, thank You for this joy in our hearts in knowing You — and knowing we are known by You.  May our joy be full This Day as we go about our day, and so full that it cannot be helped but noticed by others.  Amen.