The Oil of Joy
Philippians 4:4-8
Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.…

Years ago a party on board a pleasure yacht in the United States discovered to their dismay that they were being silently and slowly drawn towards the Falls of Niagara. Skill and energy began at once to cope with the horrible emergency. The furnace was filled and refilled with wood until the fuel at command was entirely exhausted. What was to be done? Dismay showed itself on every face, and despair was paralysing them when a happy thought occurred to an officer. The oil used for the machinery of the steam engine was thrown into the fire. This gave just sufficient impetus for the moving of the vessel out of the strong current into smooth water, and she was saved. "The oil of joy" keeps many a one from being swept over the rapids of temptation. Let us, then, "rejoice in the Lord" — rejoice in His nearness, sufficiency, and immutability.

(T. L. Nye.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

WEB: Rejoice in the Lord always! Again I will say, Rejoice!

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