When the LORD brought back his exiles to Jerusalem, it was like a dream! We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy. And the other nations said, “What amazing things the LORD has done for them.” Yes, the LORD has done amazing things for us! What joy!
How joyful are those who fear the LORD—all who follow his ways! You will enjoy the fruit of your labor. How joyful and prosperous you will be! (Psalm 126:1-3, 128:1-2 NLT)
Joy. Lately I’ve been trying to find joy in all my situations—good and bad. But it’s hard. Sometimes I don’t want to be joyful. The burdens of fear and sadness block my path, getting in the way of God’s truth.
Praise for Deliverance
I will tell of the LORD’s unfailing love. I will praise the LORD for all he has done. I will rejoice in his great goodness to Israel, which he has granted according to his mercy and love. He said, “They are my very own people. Surely they will not betray me again.” And he became their Savior. In all their suffering he also suffered, and he personally rescued them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them. He lifted them and carried them through all the years. (Isaiah 63:7-9 NLT)
Jesus and John the Baptist
When Jesus had finished giving these instructions to his twelve disciples, he went out to teach and preach in towns throughout the region. John the Baptist, who was in prison, heard about all the things the Messiah was doing. So he sent his disciples to ask Jesus, “Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?”
Jesus told them, “Go back to John and tell him what you have heard and seen—the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor. And tell him, ‘God blesses those who do not turn away because of me.’” (Matthew 11:1-6 NLT)
God has done so much. But not just for people in the Bible. For me, too. Every day now I look for miracles from him. Miracles don’t have to be big. They can be really simple, like time with a friend or a family member. Miracles are anything that God does for those who love him.
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 NLT)
Thank you, Jesus, for allowing me to give my burdens to you so I’m no longer weary. Thank you for the little miracles I find each day. Thank you for showing me that you are there. Thank you for being my best friend. Amen.