By: Tim Sader
For the Jews it was a time of happiness and joy, gladness and honor.
Last week we learned that what we do for good too others helps God see to us with goodness. Today I want to talk about happy times in our lives. We all have had at least one time in life when we were happy for one reason or another. Some happy times are obvious like getting a raise, having a baby, getting married, Christmas time as a kid or family vacations. Other happy times come after some of the hardest times in our lives when the little things seem to matter most. One year to the date of when my brother first got sick with what eventually lead to his passing I became horribly ill. I didn’t know what was happening to me or why I suddenly became ill; then I was informed that it was caused by grieving felt on that anniversary. It got so bad that people thought I was dying and I didn’t know if they were wrong. I couldn’t eat, my whole body hurt, I really couldn’t swallow and I felt feverish but it wasn’t a cold, the flu or any kind of virus. Some of my family even came so my mom could get some rest after helping me day and night for a week. During that time I had many visitors who prayed for me and ministered to me in various ways. One friend shared a book on a healthy diet, another shared a revelation she had about my disease and one came and sat with me so mom could rest. A world class clarinet player who trained at the royal academy in London who now uses his gift to bring healing to people came and played for me while I was recovering. The daughter of the friend who sat with me said I needed to try Bojangles mashed potatoes because they were like the ones at the school. Basically mashed potatoes saved my life! I could not live off of one cup of apple sauce a day. During this difficult illness came some of the happiest memories I had that first year after my brother passed. I made it through this illness because of those happy times.
After Ester made her plea to the king so her people Israel would not be annihilated by the other nations because of decree made by Haman his assistant. The king was not pleased by this so he had Haman put to death and made a new decree giving the Jews the right to defend themselves from being attacked (Esther 8:11). Mordecai the Jewish leader when the decree was given him to make it right and honor them the king put his crown on him and dressed him with his garments. They also had a joyous celebration to mark this event. Even after difficulties under foreign rule they we able to have happy times, gladness, joy and honor. So much that the people from other nations became Jews also because they feared them (Esther 8:15-17). It is easy to have happy times when things are good but we need to remember God is still God of things when they are bad to. None of us will know what our future will be so we need to have happy times in all things (Ecclesiastes 7:14). The Israelites had a celebration in their happy times and shared it with those who had nothing. They knew the joy of the Lord is our strength and He can give us happy times even at the worst of times (Nehemiah 8:10). He is always God even when we are crushed in Him there is still joy and gladness (Psalm 51:8). Wealth and honor also comes from Him, only He has the power to exalt and give us the strength we need (1 Chronicles 29:12). Happy times can be all the time if we will see the good in all things no matter how bad they may seem. In the worse something those times will be most happy when we look back on them.
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No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16