Friday, August 20, 2010

Will You Be Cheerful In The Coming Days?

  by Mark Cahill
So much is going on in our world today. From the earthquake in Haiti, to the gulf oil spill, to the economy, etc. One question to ask yourself is how is your attitude? How are you handling all of the current events in our world and in your life right now?

As I have been reading through my Bible, one word kept popping up that hit me: It was the word ‘cheerful.’ I became intrigued at how the word was used in Scripture.

Deuteronomy 24:5 says,
“When a man hath taken a new wife, he shall not go out to war, neither shall he be charged with any business: but he shall be free at home one year, and shall cheer up his wife which he hath taken.”
Wouldn’t this be great in our society? Get married and take a full year just to be with your spouse! Spend that time getting to know each other so much better and letting God knit your hearts to each other. Don’t you think that would be a great way to stop so many divorces today? If your spouse was truly your best friend, you would never want to leave your best friend. That is an idea for you and your children to think about in the coming days.

Proverbs 15:13 says,
“A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.”
Once you become a new creation, you have a new heart. Once you have a new heart, you should have a cheerful countenance. How does your countenance speak when people look at you? You can read so, so much from someone’s face. I would look at student’s faces when I was teaching and try to figure out what was going on behind that countenance. I do the same when I travel. It leads to some very interesting conversations.

Psalm 10:4 says,
“The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.”
Your countenance is really just a reflection of your heart at that moment. So, you really get to see a piece of someone’s heart by his or her countenance. Think about that for just a second.

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