Day 32 in 40 Days of Joy

Thursday, June 1st

Title: Inexplicable Joy

Scripture: In 2 Corinthians 8:1–2 the apostle Paul says,

“We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, 2 for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part.”

Main Idea: Joy does not depend on wealth, provision, or peace, but rather on the grace of God.

More: In this text things don’t add up, at least with human reasoning. These Christians in Macedonia were afflicted and in extreme poverty. In Western culture that means misery and unhappiness. But not when people have biblical values and God’s grace. In any station of life, you can have joy, even abundant joy, when you have the Lord.

Faith and Worship Declarations: My joy is not based on my possessions, security, or easy life, but on the Lord. God’s grace is more than enough for me. Praise you, O God, that my joy comes from you.