Devotions from Judy’s heart
On Sunday our pastor asked the question that I have been thinking of ever since: What are you after? As we go into a New Year, what are we after?  The apostle Paul was after spreading the gospel so the fact that he was in prison only gave him more opportunities to spread the news. Every 2 hours they changed guards, so he had a new one chained to him and could share the gospel. His joy was full because of what he was after. If he was after comfort and ease, he would not have had joy.  When we go after pleasure and riches and that is not happening, we may get depressed too. If we are missing out on joy maybe we are going after the wrong things. When our desire is to draw closer to Him and to share Him with others, then we can rejoice even in our trials for  it is accomplishing that. In Habakkuk 3, he writes that though his crops and herds fail, “yet I will rejoice in the Lord;I will take joy in the God of my salvation.” I have an idea that his joy is not found in material things. Let us go after that which will last for all eternity.