I was driving to work about 7 in the morning the other day and stopped at a traffic light. In front of me was a young woman who was obviously enjoying her morning more that I was.
By observation I would say she was listening to her radio and “jiving” to the music. She was twisting and turning, bobbing her head and moving back and forth.
I thought about that and wondered why she should be having a better morning than I was. Was it just that I was having an off day? Perhaps it was, but I know I don’t rejoice as much as I should. It’s not that I dislike mornings, in fact I love to see the sunrise. The Psalmist said of God in Psalm 65:8 “Those who live at the ends of the earth stand in awe of your wonders. From where the sun rises to where it sets, you inspire shouts of joy.”
Of course, you’re familiar with Paul’s encouragement to “rejoice in the Lord always,” (Philippians 4:4), so the idea is not new. However, we, being human, we need to be reminded and reminded often. You see I do rejoice, but not enough and possibly not exuberantly enough. In fact it seems that lately I have been too busy dealing with the everyday concerns of life to remember to rejoice.
Satan does a really good job of distracting me. He works his way into my world and my life, not necessarily to drag me into some terrible or sinful behavior, but to distract me from what is really important. It’s who he is, the father of lies. Revelation 12:9 describes him this way: “that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world.”
How can we overcome Satan’s power? First, if you haven’t already done so, become a Christian or if you have left your first love, return to God. Second, spend time in God’s Word; it reminds you of what is really important. Third, spend time talking to God about those things that trouble you; it helps to unload your problems on someone who truly cares. Fourth, spend time with God’s people in worship and if fellowship. You can’t be part of the army fighting to protect one another and fight Satan if you don’t show up at boot camp or for training. You can’t fight and protect yourself and others if you aren’t watching out for others and participating in the battles.
I may not “jive in my car,” but I can still rejoice in my Lord and all he does for me and gives to me. I don’t know that I will try a little “seat dancing” this morning on my way to work, but what I do know is that “I can do all things through him that gives me strength,” (Romans 8:28). I know I need to count my blessings and rejoice more. Maybe you should try it!
Russ Lawson is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with his column Today’s Challenges. He is the Director of World Christian Literature Outreach and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.