We need, I need, a more lasting joy, an inner joy that isn’t snuffed out when everything turns south and an arctic wind of doubt, grief, hardship or poverty blows over me, or us. I believed there ought to be something more and I discovered there was.
To our human mind, joy is dependent on our financial status, our health, the acceptance and favor of others. When we muse on these issues, our joy fades and our pleasure in these things is tarnished. Scratch the surface of our joy and there is a dark hole.
THE MOST WASTED OF ALL DAYS
IS ONE WITHOUT LAUGHTER
‘The joy of the Lord is my strength,’ is the line of a song. At first, I wondered how joy could be a strength, but as I mused on the words, I saw that Jesus himself was the joy, a deep abiding, joy, regardless of where I was and what was happening to me.
The realization the Lord lives within means that joy lives within and so becomes a strength. Of course, one must believe who the Lord is, we need to accept he indwells us when we commit to him.
Jesus is many things according to the Bible, I guess that is why he can supply all our needs. If he lacked just one thing he would not be able to supply all our needs. Hence, Jesus had to be perfect in every way.
The scripture quotes Jesus as saying, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life and we can add, ‘the joy’, Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life and the joy. When we have Jesus we have joy, joy like a piece of ripe fruit with an eternal shelf-life. To sum it all up, joy becomes a strength in the form of Jesus.
Some further musings on joy:
Joy is serving God
Joy is when we are in chains.
Joy is encouraging others.
Joy is corporate.
Joy is personal.
Joy is Jesus.