April 06, 2018

“Wonder-full” Joy

Job 39:19-25

Who is like you, Lord God Almighty? You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you.

—  Psalm 89:8

Our youngest daughter has always loved horses. One day, I asked her why. She answered, “Have you ever really looked at one? Muscles that are defined and powerful, rich manes that flow in the wind, unique personalities—they are beautiful!” Then she pointed out the passage from Job that we’re reading today.

Before that conversation, I had never really thought much about horses. So I started paying attention. I began noticing the lines of their muscles and looking more closely at each horse as an individual creature. As I came to think about horses differently, I also grew more in awe of who God is as the maker of horses and all other animals.

Sometimes life can be overwhelming and filled with difficulties. Satan tries to use our troubles to distract us from living in the joy God offers through Jesus. God knows the struggles of living with pain and suffering, so he also gives us reminders of his mighty work through the beauty, majesty, and intricate designs of his ­creation. The same God who created this world and every­thing in it raised Jesus from the dead and gives us new life!

Today, if joy seems hard to find, humbly ask God to help you notice him in the details of life around you. May God fill you with “wonder-full” joy!

Almighty Creator, when we see the intricate designs of all that exists, we stand in awe of who you are. Lord, may we never cease to wonder and be amazed at you, our awesome God. In your holy name we pray. Amen.

About the author — Laurie Zuverink

Laurie Zuverink is an ordained pastor who has served in several capacities of ministry in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area. Her work ties into the lives of young people, and her passion is to empower and equip the next generation of servant leaders. Pastor Laurie and her husband, Mark, have three children—one in grad school, one in college, and one in high school. Pastor Laurie enjoys deep conversations, bike rides, exploring the shores of the Great Lakes, and watching well-played soccer.

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