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BIBLE MEDITATION: “A cheerful heart is a good medicine; But a broken spirit “drieth” up the bones." Proverbs 17:22 (KJV)

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT: There are often times when we find ourselves laughing aloud to keep from crying. Those are the times when everything that can possibly happen, happens- in succession! When those times come we have two choices: we can either laugh or cry. Have you had them? The radiator on your car runs hot, the fan belt breaks, a head gasket is blown and to top it off, there is a flat tire! That's a situation where you laugh to keep from crying. There was also the time when the power was shut off, the freezer defrosted, and the food was spoiled. To top it all off the hot water tank busted, your house flooded and your homeowner's insurance expired the day before. You may as well laugh! Nothing else can happen. There are some situations in which it is easier to laugh than it is to cry!

In our text today, King Solomon focuses upon the advantages of a cheerful heart on the human spirit. This proverb highlights the truth of those who possess a cheerful heart lighten the impact of their burdens, troubles, difficulties, sicknesses or other maladies. Cheerfulness is a result of being able to see the bright side and the light side of a situation. The bright side sees that there is hope. The light side sees the humor of the circumstance.

Solomon noted that the person who is unable to demonstrate a cheerful spirit is usually pessimistic, bitter, sad and defeated. Such a spirit of pessimism "drieth" up the bones. The Hebrew word "gerem" translated "bones" in this context means: "strong ..self." The person who cannot see the bright side dries up the essence of his strength and sense of self-worth. An ability to see the bright side and light side of any situation is "good medicine."

Job obviously saw the bright side of his deprived situation when, despite his condition, he said, "Yea thou he slay me, yet will I serve him." He espoused a great hope when he considered his losses and said, "The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, blessed be the name of the Lord."

Paul showed us how to look at the bright side of difficulty by saying in Romans 8:28, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." In essence, God's going to work out difficult situations to a believer's advantage.

Jesus saw the humor of his situation often. One day he considered how he left the mansions of glory and came to earth to walk around among mankind without any resources. While he was helping many put their lives together, he had to try to scurry daily to find lodging. One day in obvious frustration, Jesus laughed at the situation and said, "Foxes have holes and birds have nests, but the Son of man hath no place to lay his head."

Solomon learned this truth early and reminded believers that a positive outlook and a sense of humor is ..."good medicine."

ACTION POINT: Deeply rooted in a believer's laughter is faith and assurance. When a believer laughs at a situation or at himself it is a sign that he or she has just remembered who they are; children of the most high God. No matter how difficult their situation gets, a believer knows that because God is still in control, one day they'll look back and get a good laugh about the thing that's worrying them so much today! Let us rejoice in the lyrics of the following song of Faith Hope:

There's a bright side somewhere, there's a bright side somewhere. Don't you rest until you find it. There's a bright side somewhere.

When your way seems dark and dreer, don't have to worry cause God is near. If in your heart there is no song, just keep the faith and keep holding on. Turn your plate down, fast and pray. Jesus will always make a way. There's a bright side somewhere.

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