Devotionals by Stuart, Jill & Pete Briscoe

“I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your law is written on my heart.” - Psalm 40:8

To know the will of God and to take joy in doing it are two different things! Many of us do not really want to know what God wants us to do because we might not want to do it once we know it! If we are inwardly honest and sincere, we will determine to find God’s will and then set about joyfully obeying.

While Jesus was on earth, he explained his mission: “For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me” (John 6:38). The Son of God was not talking about a trip around the world—a luxury cruise through the universe. He was talking about the will of God for him, which involved suffering. Yet he delighted to do it because God wanted it!

It isn’t easy to do the will of God when his will for us is difficult or involves suffering. It isn’t easy to say no to a relationship or a job, even when we know that it is not God’s will for us. It isn’t easy to say yes to a difficult step or a move across the world, even when we know it is God’s will. Notice that the psalmist took joy in “doing” God’s will, not just in “knowing” it. Yet can we obey God, knowing the joy “set before us” at the end of the day? It may not be easy at first, but God promises that we will have great joy in the doing.

For Further Study: Psalm 40:6-10  

Excerpted from The One Year Devotions for Women, Copyright ©2000 by Jill Briscoe. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.

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About Stuart, Jill & Pete Briscoe

Stuart Briscoe uses wit and intellect to target your heart, capture your attention and challenge you to grow! You will find his logic compelling as he brings a fresh, practical perspective to the Scriptures. Born in England, Stuart left a career in banking to enter the ministry full time. He has written more than 50 books, received three honorary doctorates and preached in more than one hundred countries. He was senior pastor of Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin, for thirty years, and currently serves as minister-at-large.

Jill Briscoe was born in England and found Christ when she was 18 years old. She never looked back. Upon graduating from Cambridge University, she began working as a teacher by day and had a vigorous street ministry to the youths of Liverpool by night.

She met Stuart at a youth conference and they married in 1958. In the 50 years since, Jill has become a highly sought-after Bible teacher and author who travels around the world ministering to under-resourced churches and speaking at international seminars and conferences. Since 2000, she and Stuart, who was formerly senior pastor of Elmbrook Church for 30 years, have had the joy of equipping and encouraging believers across the globe in their roles as ministers-at-large for Elmbrook.

Jill has authored more than 40 books including devotionals, study guides, poetry and children's books. Her vivid, relational teaching style touches the emotions and stirs the heart. She serves as Executive Editor of Just Between Us, a magazine of encouragement for ministry wives and women in leadership, and served on the board of World Relief and Christianity Today, Inc., for over 20 years.

Jill and Stuart call suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin their home. When they are not traveling, they spend time with their three children, David, Judy and Peter, and thirteen grandchildren.

Pete Briscoe, youngest son of Stuart and Jill, was also born in England but grew up under his father's ministry in Milwaukee. While getting his Masters of Divinity degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL, Pete had a professor tell him that it was "a sin to bore people with the Bible." He has taken that to heart as he has served since 1992 as senior pastor of Bent Tree Bible Fellowship in Dallas, TX. Pete and his wife, Libby, have three children.

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