Scripture for Today: Hebrews 1:9 “You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, Your God, has set You above Your companions by anointing You with the oil of joy.”
What an odd name for this nut! The nut comes from the tung tree, native to China. Its name means, “heart,” in Chinese as the leaves are heart-shaped. But in fact, it is a misnomer as it is a seed rather than a nut, coming from the inside of the fruit of the tung tree. The oil from tung nut is used as a drying oil for wood and has been around for centuries as far back as Confucius! (This oil certainly brings joy to those who market it at Gulf Coast Tung Oil!)
Today’s verse mentions an oil of joy and is speaking of Christ whose name means, “the anointed One.” Jesus is set apart as holy and righteous, superior to all created beings. There is joy in this righteous relationship Christ shares with the Father. There is joy despite the fact that Jesus was called a “Man of sorrows, acquainted with grief.” (Is. 53:3) It was for the joy set before Him that He endured the cross (Heb. 12:2). It is this same joy that we can experience even when going through trial and difficulty (James 1:2).
Just as oil was used in biblical times to consecrate and set apart a person, so this “oil of joy” does for me today! Living with joy when nothing is going according to plan sets me apart and makes me different. Joy in spite of grave health problems, uncertain finances or dashed dreams is not the norm. But His Spirit’s fruit includes a joy that I can set before me as I endure whatever life may throw at me!
Lord, may the oil of joy overflow my heart regardless of what today may bring.