Joy to the World!
by: Ellene Meece
Remember the old 1970's pop song, "Joy to the World"*? The song, written by Hoyt Axton, and made famous by the band, Three Dog Night, was also popularly known by its opening words, "Jeremiah was a bullfrog." Even though the lyrics won't make our most spiritual list, an analogy from the prophet, Jeremiah, and finding joy in this world, will!
You see, Jeremiah learned something from God one day when he was croaking, or rather complaining about how life wasn't fair and he hadn't really seen any miracles lately and when was he really going to fulfill his purpose in life and really be happy? God responded, "Thus says the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches, but let him that glories, glory in this -- that he understands and knows me" [Jeremiah 9:23-24].
In other words, get over yourself. Stop evaluating life from your limited perspective and get on with understanding and knowing Me.
It seems that reminder surfaces repeatedly in our life journey and comes down to one lesson: to have joy in this world, we must get rid of being obsessed with our own understanding and ourselves.
Jesus brought the point home when He reminded His disciples that unless they became as little children, they would by no means enter the kingdom of heaven or enjoy the benefits of kingdom life [Matthew 18: 3-4]. You see, children are free from deep analyzing and overly processing the "whys" of life. Their understanding always tends toward the simple side, the trusting side.
And Jesus certainly lived what He preached! He didn't trust in His own wisdom but said, "I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and My judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent Me" [John 5:30].
Do you know what can bring us real joy this season? We can let go of our own limited judgments and limited understanding and simply embrace God's will, God's ways, God's words. May this lesson from old Jeremiah (the prophet that is), bring us back to being childlike in our approach to life and to experience real joy.
Joy to the World!
*My husband, David Meece -- who has a keen understanding of the Bible and loved music from the 70s, shared the spiritual application of this pop song title and the prophet, Jeremiah's lesson, with me.
Ellene Meece lives in Meeker, Colorado and works with her husband in their natural resource company while running her own online store, Grandma's Treasures Online.
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