Gracious To Give

“Comfort, comfort My people… Speak tenderly from the heart to revive those in Jerusalem, and proclaim that their warfare is over. Her debt of sin is paid for, and she will not be treated as guilty. Prophesy to her that she has received from the hand of Yahweh twice as many blessings as all her sins.” Isaiah’s words are remarkably relevant today. Speak COMFORT to REVIVE God’s people. Speak TRUTH that the WAR was already won, thanks to Jesus Christ!

God’s people are NOT the problem — we are part of the SOLUTION! In times like these we might think it is “sin” to be happy. Our song “Gracious To Give” challenges that idea! It shines a light on the path to happiness, rejoicing and VICTORY. Please give it a listen and come back for more as we pour up a cup of glad tidings. 😊

A happiness catch-22

The term “catch 22” comes from Joseph Heller’s satirical novel “Catch-22”. Catch-22 is a paradoxical situation from which an individual cannot escape because of contradictory rules or limitations. For example, a person might need to have experience to get a job, but he needs the job to get the experience. No experience so no job — no job so no experience. Catch-22.

The happiness catch-22 might go something like this:
I want to be happy so I am learning about God. As I learn about God I learn to recognize His goodness and holiness. As I learn to recognize God’s goodness and holiness I perceive more evil in this world. As I perceive more evil in this world, I find it impossible to be happy.

Can’t get a job, and can’t be happy. These catch-22’s make sense, yes?

NO!!!! Can’t be!!!

Quick — go back to that definition. “…because of contradictory rules or limitations.” Even if WE cannot figure out how to move ahead, God can!

We CAN get experience.
We CAN get a job.
We CAN get to know God’s goodness.
We CAN be happy.

As much as the enemy wants to wrap our heads in weeds and tries to make us feel bound up and bummed out, God is ALWAYS able and willing to do us MUCH BETTER than the enemy and his twisted ideas ever will!

Why the Dead Sea is dead

My wife and I had the thrill of swimming in the Dead Sea in Israel a few years ago. It is so full of salt people cannot help but float in it. But any little cuts or scratches — OUCH! I learned the reason the Dead Sea is dead is because it only receives water, but it has no outlets.

That is a tremendous lesson! People, too, can become stagnant when they have no outlets. If we want to receive the good things God makes available to us, we need to be giving. It works for happiness, prosperity and certainly for ministry. As our song says, “Remember the Lord is gracious to give.” We can imitate the Lord and be gracious to give, too. Receive, give, receive, give. It’s a good way of life.

A happiness plan

Want to be happy? Let’s summarize using three words: receive, retain, release.
1. Be clear that it is okay to be happy. Be willing to RECEIVE it.
2. Think about God’s works, not the world’s works. RETAIN these good thoughts.
3. The good, true happy thoughts God has given you to remember — RELEASE them to others. Don’t be a dead end like the Dead Sea!

Comfort, comfort My people… Speak tenderly from the heart to revive those in Jerusalem — Acts 1 adds more places that need revival — and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the the uttermost part of the earth. That includes where you and I find ourselves!

I’ve heard it said happiness is not a good goal because happiness is flighty and comes and goes as circumstances change. I don’t disagree. But in closing I offer these two thoughts:
1. God’s Word and works are LOADED with things to be happy about twenty-four-seven.
2. I like being happy. How about YOU?!?

Receive God’s comfort and peace.
Share it.
Repeat.
AHHH!!!

God bless you lots!
-Dale R. 😁


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LYRICS: Gracious To Give
Song by Dale Reichel (2021)

If happiness seems to forget you a bit
Never completely forget about it
Remember God saved us
From ending as dust
Remember He cleansed us
He’s good, He’s just

Chorus
Catch His comfort and peace today
Keep some for yourself, give a lot away
Living with lack is no way to live
Remember the Lord is gracious to give

If happiness seems to forget you a bit
Never completely forget about it
Remember His comfort 
That comes from above
Remember His healing
Remember His love

If happiness seems to forget you a bit
Never completely forget about it
Speak of His comfort
That comes from above
Speak of His healing
Speak of His love

Your thoughts, please?

Are you okay with being happy? Please share in the “Leave a reply” section below.

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4 Replies to “Gracious To Give”

  1. Tawny

    This made me smile. Thank you very much. It’s childlike but rich in wisdom and love. Good for all ages, as you said! God bless you and your music ministry.

    Reply
    1. Dale Reichel Post author

      Tawny, thanks much for your kind words! I’m delighted to share these songs, and appreciate feedback and suggestions. God bless you lots. -Dale R. 😊

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