First off, from time to time I add ‘tidbits’ to the Post “Christian Tidbits”. Recently, I added Number 15, which follows:
“It is estimated that the number of living species on our planet ranges from 3 million to 100 million. Consider the fact that God through Christ Jesus had to DESIGN and create an INDIVIDUAL and UNIQUE ‘behavioral computer chip’ for EACH species!! They ALL function differently and obviously need their own distinct behavioral pattern programmed into their personal being in order to live and survive, based on the way each is created. Simply amazing!!”
Now, today’s Post is an excerpt from the one I wrote back in September entitled “God Has Your Back….Sorta!”. I am using this as a separate Post because the event described here from Acts 16:19-25 comes to my mind frequently and serves both as great encouragement as well as a reminder of just how far beyond human comprehension God’s ways are.
By making it a Post of its own, I hope that more of you will more readily see it and benefit from it as I have and do. Here goes:
In addition to such verses as James 1:2 and Colossians 1:11, consider the example of Paul and Silas at Philippi (Acts 16:19-25). They were “severely flogged” , put in the “inner cell” (which was probably the nastiest) and their feet put in stocks. And, they had to have been EXTREMELY SORE and still bloodied (v. 33). YET, at around midnight THEY SANG HYMNS TO GOD! WHOA!!….either they had to have been on some heavy drugs or funny mushrooms….OR, they were OVERJOYED that they had suffered for Christ’s sake. The Holy Spirit enables us to act and react this way.” (End of excerpt)
The ability for us to experience this ‘supernatural joy’ which goes beyond human understanding is further illustrated in 2 Corinthians 6:10. Here, Paul says that he experiences being humanly “sorrowful”, and yet AT THE SAME TIME, he was “always rejoicing”! (New American Standard).
He ventures further to say in 2 Corinthians 7:4: “I am SUPEREXCEEDING IN JOY (emphasis mine) in all our affliction”! (Concordant Literal NT) WOW!! Now, this is truly ‘supernatural joy’!
UPDATE: The following is from an excerpt from Oswald Chambers’ “My Utmost For His Highest” and all of his entries can be obtained for FREE by going to the Category by the same name as the title of his book. Emphasis will be mine throughout:
” The underlying foundation of the Christian faith is the undeserved, LIMITLESS miracle of the love of God that was exhibited on the Cross of Calvary; a love that is not earned and can never be. Paul said this is the reason that “in ALL these things we are more than conquerors.” We are SUPER-VICTORS with a JOY that comes from experiencing the very things which look as if they are going to overwhelm us.