October 14, 2014

Read: Luke 10:17-24

In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.” (Luke 10:21)

This verse is one place where Jesus is said to rejoice. The seventy disciples had just returned from their preaching tours, and reported their success to Jesus. He and the Holy Spirit rejoiced that God the Father had chosen, according to his own good pleasure, to reveal the Son to babes and to hide Him from the wise. The point is not that there are only certain classes of people who are chosen by God, but that God is free to choose the least likely candidates for his grace.

We should observe the one instance on record of our Lord Jesus Christ rejoicing. We read that, “in that hour Jesus rejoiced in the spirit." Three times we are told in the Gospels that our Lord Jesus Christ wept. Only once are we told that He rejoiced. And what was the cause of our Lord's joy? It was the conversion of souls. Our blessed Lord, no doubt, saw much in this world to grieve Him. He saw the obstinate blindness and unbelief of the vast majority of those among whom He ministered. But when He saw a few poor men and women receiving the glad tiding of salvation, His heart was refreshed.

What makes you rejoice?  I remember reading the Bible for the first time,  not just a verse, but actually sitting down and reading long sections.  God’s Word has become for me a source of rejoicing.  The Bible never ceases to amaze me as it stretches my mind, not only to understand it but to grasp the infinite Lord who is the Hero of the Bible.  I love how Scripture shatters every preconceived idea we have about Jesus.  What causes you to rejoice?

Pray: 

Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship. 

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness. 

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness. 

Supplication: Petition God for spiritual insight and understanding of His Word.  Ask Him to help you know what is His direction and purpose for your life.  Intercede for other believers, personal friends, those in ministry and those who are oppressed and in need. Offer prayers for your activities for this day and any special concerns you might have.