(Teacher: Tim LaHaye)
One of the blessings of the Christian life is joy, but often that joy is stifled by the problems of life. Our Lord said, “These things have I spoken unto you that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full” (John 15:11). If you read the writings of mankind or look at the problems that surround you, your joy will turn to fear, dread, or sometimes depression.
During a financial recessionary period I attended a meeting of the church board of trustees. As I listened to the men talk it sounded like the Lord had gone out of business—all they did was forecast gloom, doom, and despair. Finally I asked, “What have you men been reading lately?” They replied, “The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Report, The San Diego Union,” etc. So I replied, “You’ve been reading the wrong material!” It is the Word of God that puts joy in our heart regardless of the circumstances.