Joy

Joy

1 Thessalonians 5: 16 “Rejoice Always”

We all want to live a joy-filled life. But it seems that everyone has his or her own definition of joy and his own plan of how to get it. A pastor told the story of a beautiful lesson he learned one day when he casually wished one of his older church members a good day. The man remarked, “They’re all good days, Pastor. It’s what we put in them that changes them.”

Joy is the deeply rooted confidence that God is in control. When our life is under the control of God, priorities fall into place; life is simplified and is soon characterized by joy.

Proverbs 10: 28 says, “The prospect of the righteous is joy”. In this verse, the word “prospect” means to view or to anticipate. The word “righteous” mentioned in this verse refers to those who have given their lives to Jesus Christ, have been made righteous by His blood and have been given right standing with God.

To experience joy, God must be the Lord or the boss of our lives. As our Lord, He produces joy and makes it a reality in us.

I love the story of the little girl who misquoted her favorite Bible verse: “… that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have ever-laughing life.” Exactly! Jesus not only came to give us life but also to give us a life saturated with joy now and for all eternity.

To experience joy, we need to stop and remember what we have been given. We tend to think first of temporary things when our true wealth lies in eternal things such as the miracle of knowing Christ personally and having all our sins forgiven. A personal relationship with God brings purpose and meaning to life and His very presence will produce joy.

Prayer: Father, I want to know You more and experience the joy that only You can give.

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