EZRA‬ ‭6‬:‭16‬ ‭‬‬

“The Temple of God was then dedicated with great joy by the people of Israel, the priests, the Levites, and the rest of the people who had returned from exile.”

Ezra‬ ‭6‬:‭16‬ ‭NLT‬‬

For Christians, our greatest joy should be in the revelation of God’s sovereignty and its capacity to be personal in our daily lives. It is a wonderous thing to stand before the vastness of God’s creation and ponder his artistry. For many, his vastness helps anxiety and brings them peace as they commune with something bigger themselves. For Christians, we do not merely stand before a true God of infinite magnitude, but we stand before a being who is articulate and gentle with us. He is benevolent and caring and even self sacrificial. When we pair his shear omnipotence with his gentle hand, how could this not produce a sense of joy and overwhelming love for him and what he loves? When Christians haven’t found this in their lives, perhaps they haven’t yet paired these two elements in their understanding of who he is. In the face of their relationships, they may not believe his ultimate care for them. In the face of adversity , they may have forgotten his power. But those who marry them worship with a pure joy that the God who loves them also protects them. The God who created everything we are in awe of, created them as well. When we can’t find joy in the face of trials, let us remember who our God is and give him praise.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary

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