What brings you joy? In life there are so many stressors, discouragements, strifes, sadness and battles that it is hard to find true joy. I was taught by my maternal grandparents and my parents that only God gives true joy and if you seek Him first you will always have joy in your heart. Many of us are searching for that someone or something to bring us joy. If we only have joy from people in our lives and things we possess that is a temporary joy. People don’t stay in our lives forever, some leave willingly, some are outgrown, some are put out and others unfortunately die out. Therefore, if our joy is in people our joy is definitely temporary. We must find our joy in Jesus Christ. He will never leave or forsake us. He is always with us. He doesn’t grow tired of us or outgrows us. He doesn’t see us as invaluable the older we get He just keeps on loving us.
According to the Merriam Webster dictionary joy means:
: a feeling of great happiness
: a source or cause of great happiness : something or someone that gives joy to someone
: success in doing, finding, or getting something
1 a: the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires : delight
b: the expression or exhibition of such emotion : gaiety
2 a state of happiness or felicity : bliss
3 a source or cause of delight
The bible has many scriptures on joy. Below are just a few:
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.
You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as men rejoice when dividing the plunder.
Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for it is now that God favors what you do.
The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.
1 Peter 1:8-9
Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
What is your joy in? How is that working for you?
Dr Lisa Melton