I find joy to be something I long for and never quite grasp. It’s like running after a kite in the wind. I’m much more comfortable with gloom, that settled state of mind of pessimism and cynicism, with that I am well acquainted.
Joy, on the other hand, is something I know I don’t have. It’s required of the Christian and therefore I sin at it. I certainly don’t have it inside me. So where is it?
Like in everything else, it’s found in God. He owns it and it’s his to give out.
God is happy with himself, his Son and his Spirit. Theirs is a fellowship of joy. It’s pure. It’s unadulterated. And they’re eager to share it.
Can you and I be joyful in a fallen world? Yes.
Joy looks like Sarah’s laughter, Paul’s contentment in prison, and it ends in the book of Revelation where we can say with certainty, “And they lived happily ever after.”
Joy starts in confessing we don’t have it. Then we need to ask for it. It’s an essential ingredient for living.
It’s for our peace of mind and our witness to the world. It makes God look good to our unbelieving neighbor.
By presenting God as the source and giver of our joy, who knows we might provoke the people in our lives to want God, too.
Lack of joy dishonors God.
Think about it. He died for you in order to bring you to God. He wraps you in his righteousness, he cares for you, protects you, leads you into maturity and then takes you home. Oh, and did I mention all your sins are forgiven you?
Knowing all this, how can we walk around gloomy and broody? It’s disgraceful.
So what are you and I going to do to show off God’s joy today?
Talk to me.