The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus 2 and saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. 3 (The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders. 4 When they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash. And they observe many other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pitchers and kettles.) Mark 7:1-4
These Pharisees had the ability to suck every bit of life right out from under you if you weren’t careful. I doubt they smiled or had any joy in life. They were supposed to be defenders of the law but, as Jesus would later point out, they were as guilty as the rest, and they knew better.
We discussed this a few days ago, how the takers in your life can zap all your energy from you. These Pharisees were like that but they had authority over people. Obedience to their law and traditions was paramount. They were so rigid and unbending in their approach.
How’s your joy?
I know it seems like a random question based on what I just wrote, but these Pharisees stole people’s joy of living. Is anyone stealing your joy in life?
Reclaim it today. Even in he most dire of situation, you can have joy. I didn’t say it was easy, but it’s possible. But you first have to locate the joy stealers in your life There may be more than one. Root them out and be done with them. Again, not easy, but necessary.
Then, find joy in the simple things of life: a peaceful hour in the morning, your kids growing to be Godly and appreciative, your faithful spouse, the possibilities are endless.