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April 16, 1998

Finding Delight

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Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who finds great delight in his commands. . . . Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever. PSALM 112:1,3
As believers, we must never allow our focus to be on the accumulation of wealth. Our focus must be on the Lord and His commands. As a result, righteousness becomes a natural by-product of centering our lives on God.
But there is a search involved, and we need to search until we find. Great treasures are hidden within His commands, and those who search them out will discover them.
Are we searching? Of course we are searching. Everyone, it seems, is searching for something. But what are we searching for? And where are we looking: in the right places or in places where there’s no chance we’ll find what we’re seeking?
Work can become a search site. Unfortunately, if we look for an eternal answer in the temporal work we do, we will come up short. The answer—the long, satisfying drink—is found in the commands of God.
Not in suggestions. Not in principles. Only in His commands.
Think of following His commands as following military orders. A superior officer expects a soldier to obey his commands willingly. As followers of the Lord, we need to take several steps beyond willing obedience. We must obey His commands with delight—in fact, with great delight, with joy. And we must not confuse joy with happiness. Happiness depends on circumstances; joy soars above circumstances.
Joy at work. Does that sound like an oxymoron, an improbability if not an impossibility? Have you seen anyone around the workplace exhibiting joy lately? If so, you know that joy stands out. It gets noticed.
Look to have a joyful impact on your colleagues. Joy is contagious. And it is to be found in God’s commands. Start searching.

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