Ever wonder how people say they have joy even while their lives are tanking? Even been concerned about their sanity or grasp of reality? I don’t know about you, but when I read James’ comment to count it all joy when things are going wrong in the midst of those fiery trials, even after having been God’s for 30 years, it still boggles my mind. Today, God helped me to see His very important truth: joy is not just associated with a feeling. It’s associated with a state of being, of connection that transcends the physical.
We know joy is a fruit of the spirit along with love, peace and so on. I’m getting ahead of myself, but what if love and peace are not emotions in this sense but a state of being, too? We know that God is love, so can we say that God is joy, peace or the other fruits of the spirit?
Joy is a connection to God. It’s definitely a spiritual thing and can be but is not always associated with happiness. Our example Jesus had joy: scripture says that it was that joy that helped Him to endure the cross. Some of us live very hard lives. May this joy that passes all understanding join the peace that passes all understanding regardless of life’s circumstances.
Scriptures: Psalm 51:12, Psalm 86:4, Psalm 90:14, Isaiah 56:7, Isaiah 58:14, Matthew 13:44, Luke 10:21, John 15:11,John 16:24
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
4 Bring joy to your servant, Lord,
for I put my trust in you.
14 Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
7 these I will bring to my holy mountain
and give them joy in my house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and sacrifices
will be accepted on my altar;
for my house will be called
a house of prayer for all nations.”
14 then you will find your joy in the Lord,
and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land
and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.”
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
21 At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.
11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
20 Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.
24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
Father God, please help us to understand words that we think we know but have a different and enhanced meaning spiritually. Grant us what we need to be able to grasp Your truth and meaning so we can understand more about You and our connection to You. From this short study, we can begin to see that Your joy is there in the midst of our pain and suffering. We know we have a love connection to You spiritually. Please grant us the joy connection, too. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Things to Think, Pray and Journal About
1. How have you experienced God’s joy in the midst of your trials?
2. How has God’s joy helped you to live with your hard times?
3. How does understanding more about joy as part of being helped you to understand God and His ways better?
4. Many of us pray that we can be love to others as God is to us. Will you pray that God helps you to be joy to others as He is to us?
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