Last night at Journey of Hope (the weekly Monday night service that my son Benjamin leads here at Applegate) we saw the new “Creative” (very short video) dealing with navigating the storms that come our way from to time.
I believe this Creative (titled Lighthouse) will encourage your heart and also be one that you may want to send to others you know may be in the midst of a storm.
Take a look (it’s only two minutes long) and be blessed!
If you would like to view more of these very encouraging Creatives, just click on the link below. They really are great!
Well, Sail on Sailors, for The Captain of our Salvation is at the helm heading us toward that Heavenly Haven of Rest ... and it won’t be long until we all safely arrive and at last are Home!!!
Praising our Saviour,
He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.
When John first ‘met’ Jesus, both were in their mothers' wombs. John leapt for joy when Mary, pregnant with Jesus, entered the room (Luke 1:41). And again in our text, at the zenith of his ministry, John still finds his joy in the sound of Jesus’ voice. To explain the reason for his ministry and the basis for his joy, John used an analogy very familiar to his disciples. You see, wedding custom in John’s day dictated it was the best man, the ‘friend of the bridegroom’, who invited the guests to the wedding, made preparations for the wedding, and finally, upon completion of the wedding, escorted the bride and groom into the bridal chamber.
Thus, it was the voice of the bridegroom, signaling to him that everything was OK within the chamber, which brought joy to the heart of the best man.
Do you know when joy is fulfilled? It is not when we get something from the Lord, or do something for the Lord, but when we hear the voice of the Lord.
If you are expecting your joy to be fulfilled through a nicer husband, faster car, or better job, you are headed for disaster. If you are caught up in thinking, ‘If I can move to this place, teach that Bible study, or sing with the other worship team; if I can just be effective here, or used there, then I will be joyful’ — you are headed for despair and disillusion.
But if you spend time with the Lord, reading His Word, and simply listening for His voice — like John, your joy will be fulfilled. If you are a baby Christian like John in the womb, you will leap for joy at the sound of His voice. And if you are a seasoned saint like John in the desert, your joy will be full when you realize that what you longed for all along is found in Him.