The Glad Road of Sadness

Reading the Word with Joy

Welcome to my meditations

Like my Hub brotherQuill, whom I send a warm hello to…I welcome you to the thoughts of my heart today. To you give some background, this last January 2010, my husband and I decided we would once again read the Word of God straight through… with one difference; it would be on the Holy Spirit’s schedule. We have not picked a Bible Reading Plan to follow but instead read as the Holy Spirit leads us to read. Sometimes I am ahead of my husband and sometimes he is ahead of me. We are not in a race, and it is NOT a competition. Reading this way has provoked some very helpful and interesting discussions as we share with each other what the Spirit is making alive in our hearts. So…today I would like to share my heart with you as well. Although sad, I believe the Spirit has laid truth upon my soul which I must respond to and share.

Godly Sorrow

Sorrow May come for a Night
Sorrow May come for a Night
But Joy comes in the Morning
But Joy comes in the Morning

I am sad today

…well these last few days…and that is okay. Let me clarify. Sadness, for me, does not affect, and neither does it have to, the joy of the Lord within me. My sadness does not limit the joy of the truth of God’s Word, praise God. Therefore as time goes on and I am gaining confidence in this truth I am able, with the strength of that word, embrace sadness for the truth that it also is and has. The Apostle Paul shared that,

“Godly sorrow [godly grief] brings [produces a] repentance that leads to salvation and leaves [brings] no regret,” (the words in parentheses are from the NRSV) 2 Corinthians 7:10 (NIV)

I do not have to be afraid of sadness, or sometimes even depression. If walked together with the Spirit of the Living God, it will lead me to a repentance that will lead to salvation in that area of my life. Rejoice instead when godly sorrow comes upon your heart for salvation is right behind it. Let the godly sorrow of the Lord do it full redemptive work. Paul continued by explaining that godly sorrow produced in the heart an earnestness to make it right (v 11 NIV). So with that explanation in place lets continue into the reading the Spirit has kept me at these last days. 

If God’s ways are rejected, God is rejected.

In finishing the accounts of I & II Kings, there came a realization that many of those who yet call themselves God’s people (or Christians) have not changed one iota for the better than what the Israelites were in the days of the Kings. In generation after generation, although God generously and graciously held out arms of forgiveness over and over again to the nation of Israel, they rejected Him and His ways. Sometimes the nation tried to deceive themselves, God, and their societies by putting forth that they were indeed not rejecting God…in Himself…but His ways only.

They,  made it known that they were following all the rules of sacrifice (the traditions and formula’s) God required of them; however, they were also following the rules of sacrifice (the traditions and formula’s) all that the false gods and religions required as well. The nation of Israel, who was to follow God and God alone, were imitating the ways of the nations around them together with their worship of God! The leaders of the nation Israel assumed that God’s ways could be rejected and NOT God. If God’s ways are rejected, God is rejected

Hurts the Heart
Hurts the Heart
Religious Tolerance
Religious Tolerance
At any cost
At any cost
Oprahism???
Oprahism???

My heart hurts for the sin that is set forth so often, both then and now, as tolerance and acceptance. Oh my…does that not sound familiar to the shout of today. It is said, there are no other gods (idols) anymore. Many people believe this. In fact they assume that only in third world countries where people are not educated to higher thinking is there idols; this truly is what is put forth.

However, I must ask…seriously, what of all the spirituality in the world today, North America included? The alien spiritualism, Oprahism. Buddhism, Mormonism…all the ism’s. What are they, if not idolatry against the most high God.

I was saddened over and over again as I read how God would raise up a godly King, and there would be revolutions and some decrease would be made in the false religions that had been brought in along side God. But still the sacred groves and altars would be left, not all the high places would have been torn down. Why did they (the good kings) go all the way. Why did they stop short of complete demolishment of the false ways. They ignorantly left seed for further and worse idolatry. For inevitably, in time, as a new king would rise, often the very next generation, the new king would bring revival to the false religions which surrounded the country. Oh my heart cries. More so when I think, are we any different? Oh how I want to say, Yes Lord we are…we are different BUT the Spirit asks, are you?

I need to search my heart for it is there where idolatry starts. Yes, I can look to leaders and say…it’s their fault but, and there is a BIG BUT here,…



Leadership

cannot lead me to idolatry

if my heart were not in a position to be lead!

I must and have to… take responsibility for the desires which are in my heart. Do I follow and “worship” anything in my life more than God. I wrote about this in fairly great detail in the Hub: The Rebuilding of the Altar of the Heart

Do I want to follow God and His ways…I must destroy completely all the high places in my heart that is in competition to the Holy One of Israel. I must want to do this, completely. Therefore, that starts with godly sorrow; I must draw near to the sorrow, I must ‘press’ in and see what the idolatry is in reality. A rejection of my God and His ways, if I reject one, I reject the other. There is no middle ground. And God’s way is only one…The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, who now sits at the right hand of God my Father.

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thevoice 6 years ago from carthage ill

terrific great hub work god speed thanks


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

thanks voice...always glad to have you drop in for a read.

Blessings

UlrikeGrace


coffeesnob 6 years ago

Oh sorrow may last for a night but joy comes in the morning. Sorrow, pain, hurt - all that we consider to be so negative does lead us closer to God. Joy reigns in our hearts as we draw nearer to Him'

lvve you, dear sister.

Great pic,

CS


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

As you stated so beautifully in this hub UlrikeGrace, sorrow may touch our spirits, but joy lives in our souls. A great meditation and inspiration that highlights a great truth.

Peace and love in His name,


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

coffeesnob...when His joy comes into our hearts...it stays forever...and I am so thank full...He never leaves us or forsakes us...again I am so thank full, in my darkest hours He has been willing to come into my dark and bring His light as well as take the weight of the dark...but I had to let Him! He wants to, and I hadn't realize the depth of His love that He would want to come and lift up the weight of my darkness so I could breath or sleep...He is an awesome Savior...

Thanks for coming and having a read, I do so appreciate you and what God has done in your heart.

Love and grace

UlrikeGrace


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you RevLady for stopping in...may His grace bring constant joy deep into all the levels of your heart.

Blessings and love to you this day

UlrikeGrace


"Quill" 6 years ago

Morning my Sister Ulrike, you are a blessing in so many ways, thank you first for mentioning me. An extra cookie at the "Fireside" next time you are in.

I admire the way that you and hubby have come to the place of study of "The Word". Bible reading plans are great for some, for me the mire my time with the Holy Spirit as they get in the way. More important is you allow the Spirit to lead you where He wants and I commend you on finding that truth.

I agree there is a fine line between sadness and depression and we all suffer to a certain degree we have experienced depression at one time or another. Depression is feed more of the same and eventually we end in a place of great pain and confusion.

God has a far better way as He is the Truth and the Light and in Him we find peace. In the words we write we find a balance and a way of sorting through things in our lives and as long as they line up with Scripture we find joy in sharing.

I so admire the words that God lays on your heart, you are a true follower of the Father and I know He will bless you both for your obedience.

Many Hugs attached to both.


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

Oh how I welcome you "home" again Quill...you are just so encouraging and always, always you turn our faces to the Father. I so like that about you. We know from where our help comes from.

Oh and did I share with you that I "love" old fashioned peanut butter cookies....:)

Yes, I have begun to look at sadness in a much different way...it may be a divine sign that God is wanting to take me somewhere. It's always best to seek out the motive for the sadness...its there we will see truth, as Spirit reveals our hearts. I have discovered that even my sadness may prove to be idolatry as I treasure it's comfort more than I trust God to heal me into a better place. Oh how I love the simplicity of being able to simply trust the Holy Spirit to guide me true.

Love you dear brother, pass along a hug to Mrs. Quill and scratch Quigley behind the ears for me okay?

Blessings

UlrikeGrace


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heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

Catchy title:) Like the way this writing came together. I was convicted of something similar, God layed upon my heart. I wrote it out, yet have not shared it yet. Why is it, at times we hold back the very things God wants us to share? Reading this site, gave me a nudge:) Thank you, for sharing what was upon your heart! Great hub:)


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

Ulrike Grace, The rich Old Testament history and teachings have many great examples we can learn from!

This is thought provoking and lends to encourage one to remain centered! It is important that God is our main focus! Otherwise we can so easily be led to wide road traveling… “Do I want to follow God and His ways…I must destroy completely all the high places in my heart that is in competition to the Holy One of Israel. I must want to do this, completely.” Amen! You have well presented wonderful meditation thoughts to ponder here!

Thank you for sharing, In His love, Peace & Blessings!


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

heart4theword, you know I believe that God knows exactly when something needs to be shared. We don't have to 'worry' about it...when it's time you will. Thank you for stopping by and having a read and giving an encouraging confirmation. It's good to hear when God is speaking the same Word to His other children. It is solidifying and securing.

Bless you

UlrikeGrace


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

DeBorrah K. Ogans what a wonderfully encouraging soul you are. Thank you for that. It is important that I 'want' to follow God...it guards against the empty words of the lips...it also urges me in close to the Holy Spirit that will graciously reveal when my heart is not matching my words. It's so easy to fool ourselves but not easy at all to fool the Holy Spirit. Praise God.

Have a wonderful day in the presence of the Lord DeBorrah...

Love UlrikeGrace


rls4immanuel 6 years ago

Thankyou Ulrike Grace for sharing your insights in the word of God. It is good to know others who do not reject God in the sad and trying times but rather "press in" to the God who will never cease loving us. His love for us has been overwhelmingly proven to us through the suffering of Jesus Christ, the holy Son of God in our place. The Just for the unjust!


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

rls4immanuel; bless you for your consistently kind comments

grace and peace be yours in Him

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