Joy in Our Lives by April Gage
When we hear that phrase, we often envision memories, people, material things, or even an unreachable goal. Joy is not the same as happiness. Joy is so much more important for us to have and to share with others, and not only for the obvious connection and feelings that it can bring.
The Bible talks about many positive effects that Joy has on our bodies and minds, such as hope, peace, health, strength, and to be refreshed. Proverbs 17:22 “A joyful heart is good medicine,” and “The joy of the Lord is my strength and shield,” Psalms 28:7.
True joy only comes from God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Thankfully we have a God who loves us and wants us to experience Joy. He is the creator of it, has an endless supply of it, and I believe that it is also who he is.
Luke 2:10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”
Like you, possibly, I have heard that scripture many times. I always read this as the news is joyful, and it is. Just recently though I read it, and realized great joy is another one of Jesus’s many descriptive names. Jesus is great Joy!
So how do we get more joy when we feel like our tank is low? Since Joy is something Christ wants for us, and He is also the provider and distributor of it; the Bible says to ask. John 16:24 “Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” Joy is also the result of His presence in us like all of the fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22. So if we want more joy for ourselves and to share with others, we need to have our hearts and minds right to ask, receive it, and ultimately reflect that to others.
Joy is a state of mind and a reflection of our heart!
Lord, we thank You for who You are and all of the gifts You have given us. We thank You for all the Joys in our lives. Would You please continue to open our eyes and hearts to see and feel Your presence? Help us individually and as a Church to be a reflection of You, the joy You provide, and the joy You are.