These do not seem like words that inspire joy. Yet, in the Early Church, these things happened and the disciples did not fight against what God was allowing. Instead, “those who were scattered went about preaching the word. And the crowds with one accord paid attention to what was being said by Philip, when they heard him and saw the signs that he did. For unclean spirits, crying out with a loud voice, came out of many who had them, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. So there was much joy in that city” (Acts 8:4–8).
Notice what happens when our attention remains on what God is doing, not the opposition: “preaching the word… they heard him and saw… there was much joy”! When we follow where God is sending and leading us, and willingly join Him in the work He has prepared for us, there will be no limit to the joy He will direct our way!
IS GOD DIRECTING YOUR LIFE? WHAT ABOUT YOUR JOY?