Ask for joy.

God gives me wisdom, knowledge and joy. Ecclesiastes 2:26 NKJV

My wisdom, knowledge and joy would be great if I ask. John 16:24 NKJV

Ask, also, for joy because wisdom and knowledge bring sorrow. Ecclesiastes 1:18 NKJV

First, accepting that God is the author of life and light is essential to success beyond material gain. Solomon was an expert on everything. When we read Ecclesiastes it starts out with a mournful, lament as Solomon describes the exasperation he feels over all the getting and its uselessness. He is looking in the rear view mirror and thinking about all this stuff. He realizes that none of these will follow him beyond death. Someone, else, will get it all. Someone who does not think as he thinks. Someone who may squander it all and do nothing wise with it. 

Solomon warns us that asking for wisdom and knowledge brings grief and sorrow. This is true. When we don't know or understand the pain of others, their struggles, we flit through our blissful life from flower to flower, sweet to sweet, and never hardly a blink at trouble. If it doesn't touch us we don't share it. 

However, as Christians we make a point to ask for wisdom and understanding. We should consistently desire discernment for making decisions so that we can be in the place God wants us. How often then are we struck with sadness and sorrow for your neighbors, friends and family that struggle with sin and consequences? 

We understand that God wants to bless us. Do we ask for joy, though? Hmm... That is not a prayer I hear, often. Yet, Solomon instructs that joy comes from the Lord. It is this joy that is the balm for disappointment, discouragement and despair. This joy overcomes the pain and fear of trials coming by a people and nations that reject God. God may not deliver us from hard times and struggle but He will give us joy, whenever we ask. Ask for joy.

By Mickey

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