“The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.”
2 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
“I have told you these things so that my joy may be in you, and your joy may be complete.”
Joy can happen instantaneously and vanish just as quickly, but for those who are in Christ, there can be a lasting joy deeply embedded in our souls.
This gift of joy sometimes comes in surprising packages. What we might think of as having no use in our lives ends up being a big blessing because of the greatness of God to utilize everything for our good and His glory.
What we often would not choose and have no delight in can instead be the very thing we need. What a sovereign God, Who knows exactly what we need to have real joy in this life.
Sometimes life’s burdens can be so very hard to carry and the sin around us grieves our Spirit, trying to stifle out our joy. It is in those moments that we reflect on what the trials surrounding us are achieving and choose to accept this gift of joy that Christ came to give us.
When the temporal burdens of this life threaten to steal our joy, the joy of the LORD is our strength and is the gift that keeps giving if we run to Him. Our delight in Him is further ignited when we consider the joy we have in our glorious future with Christ. Greater still is sharing that joy with others who desperately need to know that there is more than this world has to offer.
Lord, thank you that the gifts you give us for this life are eternal. We have joy in You because of Who You are – the Great I AM – Lover of our soul and our joy.