Finding the joyful balance you need

27/07/13 5:03 PM

Luke 10:38-42

At the Home of Martha and Mary

38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[a] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Luke 10:42 Some manuscripts but only one thing is needed

Psalm 36:8

They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights.

2 Samuel 22:20

He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.

Job 36:16

He is wooing you from the jaws of distress to a spacious place free from restriction, to the comfort of your table laden with choice food.

Ecclesiastes 2:10

My heart took delight in all my labor, and this was the reward for all my toil.

Isaiah 58:13-14

Isaiah 58:13-14 (New International Version)
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Isaiah 58:13-14

New International Version (NIV)

13 “If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath
and from doing as you please on my holy day,
if you call the Sabbath a delight
and the Lord’s holy day honorable,
and if you honor it by not going your own way
and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,
14 then you will find your joy in the Lord,
and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land
and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.”
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

Proverbs 5:18-20

18 May your fountain be blessed,
and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.
19 A loving doe, a graceful deer—
may her breasts satisfy you always,
may you ever be intoxicated with her love.
20 Why, my son, be intoxicated with another man’s wife?
Why embrace the bosom of a wayward woman?

2 Corinthians 12:7-10

7 or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

How can we find the joyful balance we need?

1. Make use of your delight
2. Focus your delight towards a few God things
3. Delight in your spouse, your kids, your friends
4. Delight in the things you can’t seem to solve.

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