Joy in the Lord

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Many of the immigrants who came to America in the 19th century were overwhelmed with the freedom they found to worship God. G.D. Hall was one of those who ministered to these grateful immigrants.

In August 1899, Hall led a series of services in a small prairie town where he “found a hunger after God’s Word so intense it was seldom found elsewhere. They had a great appetite for the Gospel.” An 80-year-old man “was so moved with blessedness after one meeting that he stood up and sang a solo to honor God.”

These people lived in sod houses and had “endured many severe trials.” But Hall found that their faith “has given them power to soar above it.” Many of the people were “poor but they are happy in Jesus and satisfied with their lot.”

Christians can learn many lessons from those immigrants. In the midst of our modern conveniences, we easily can focus on material comforts and feelings. But, as those immigrants found, our joy should not be related to our external circumstances. We can experience the joy of the Lord no matter where we are. No matter what is going on in the world or how much money we have, we can rejoice in Him.

Today, think about your life. Are you so focused on your circumstances that you have forgotten about God? Don’t let anything distract you. Let the joy of the Lord fill your heart and mind. Do not place your hope in the possessions, pleasures. and rewards of the world.

Commit your life to God and start praising Him now. Worship Him. Sing to Him. And thank Him for all He has done for you.