Daily Devotional from Eagles' Wings
Today: Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Good Medicine

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.
PROVERBS 17:22

A Christian lady was always so bright and cheerful that everyone wondered at her joyous spirit. But, sister, said a friend, you must have some clouds in your life. Clouds? she replied. Why, of course. If there were no clouds, where would the showers of blessing come from?

There is no joy like the joy of the Christian. It is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. It is a joy in believing; it is a rejoicing in the Lord. Thus the child of God can rejoice always. The best of this worlds joy is but for a season, but that of the Christian is a joy that remains (John 15:11). It is a joy of which only sin can rob him. Hence David cried, Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation (Psa. 51:12). It is a joy far above all common joy. It is a joy unspeakable and full of glory (I Pet. 1:8). Human language is inadequate to describe it. Truly, the joy of the Lord is our strength (Neh. 8:10). Through despondency of spirit the disciples failed to watch and pray with our Lord in the garden. Yet the same men, strengthened by the joy of the Lord, departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name (Acts 5:41). It was for the joy set before our Lord Jesus that the great Servant of Jehovah endured the cross, despising the shame.

Christian, here is the best of all medicines: Rejoice evermore (I Thess. 5:16). One day we shall hear the blessed invitation, Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord. Here joy begins to enter into us, there we shall enter into joy. . . . What joy shall the soul have, when it bathes itself forever in the pure and pleasant fountain of Gods love? . . . If a cluster of grapes here be so sweet, what will the full vintage be? How should all this set us a-longing for that place where sorrow cannot live, and joy cannot die (Thomas Watson).

Keep company with the more cheerful sort of the godly; there is no mirth like the mirth of believers.
Richard Baxter

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