“The voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voice of those who say, ‘Give thanks to the LORD of hosts, for the LORD is good, for His lovingkindness is everlasting; and of those who bring a thank offering into the house of the LORD. For I will restore the fortunes of the land as they were at first,’ says the LORD.” Jeremiah 33:11
In the Book of Jeremiah, we learn the principle of the Voice of Gladness. When times are tough, like in the days of Jeremiah, the Lord says to use the Voice of Gladness. As difficult as it may seem, offering a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to God in the midst of trials can bring reversal and restoration.
The Lord is very clear in Jeremiah 33:11. If we “give thanks to the Lord… and “bring a thank offering into the house of the Lord”, He “will restore the fortunes of the land”. Reversal and restoration can happen in times of trouble if we continue to have the Voice of Gladness.
Paul puts it succinctly in Philippians 4:4. He wrote, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” which is one of the exhortations he gives us so that “…the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Reversal and restoration provided by the Voice of Gladness.
The Voice of Gladness indicates a life that faces difficulties with what one knows about God rather than just what one feels about their situation. Knowing God generates a life filled with the Voice of Gladness. Every time we smile in the tough times, we are offering up a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving.
The difficulties of life are not meant to “set us back”. They are meant to “set us up” to trust the Lord more and grow in our fellowship with Jesus as we share in His sufferings (Philippians 3:11). If we happen to find ourselves in the midst of hard times, perhaps we should use the Voice of Gladness and see what happens.
Something to think about…