Even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!
When absolutely everything that can go wrong goes wrong. It is then that I rejoice the most in the God of my salvation.
It is in these moments that I reveal that God is not simply a means to an end for me but the end itself.
The idea of worshipping a God only because he made me rich healthy and successful is a great insult to the divine and a sign that I have no real relationship with him. God is not God in this arrangement. God becomes the servant of my will which is the true deity.
The clearest evidence that a person has not slipped into self worship by using God is when that person rejoices in God even when everything has gone wrong. It is in the moments of sorrow and pain that deep joy emerges from the true lover of God. This joy In God stands tall even and especially when the dark shadows of death overshadow us and the ones we love.
For the Christian, joy in God explodes forth from the cross. The cross conquers fear and death, selfishness and loneliness, shame and guilt. Everything that truly ruins us has been defeated. We are loved. We are welcomed into God’s family. We are accepted. We are slowly but surely transformed into who we should be. We have a hope that will not dim. This is the deep love of God for us and none of this changes no matter what tragedy befalls us.