The definition of Joy is 'feeling of great happiness or pleasure.' Joy
is mentioned many times in the Bible. What does it mean to have the kind of
joy that the Bible speaks of?
1 Peter 1:8 says ' though you have not seen him you love him, though you
do not now see him you believe in him. You believe in him and rejoice with
joy that is inexpressible and full of glory.'
When you are walking with God and following his commandments and seeking
to please him it is easier to have joy. When you start focusing on your
troubles the enemy can quickly get your mind off of Christ and off of praise
and worship. If you don't feel joyful remember that joy is not always based
on feelings. If you have trouble 'feeling' joy I suggest listening to some
praise music or reading a Psalm or two. Perhaps sit down and make a list of
things you are thankful for.
We are to have 'joy unspeakable and full of glory.' Let the joy of the
Lord be your strength. (See Nehemiah 8-9).Do not allow someone else to
steal your joy. Purpose in your heart to be joyful.
PRAYER: There may be those reading this who have reason humanly to feel less
than joyful. I pray you will restore to them the joy of their salvation and
sustain them and get them through whatever is dragging them down. (Psalm
51:12) In Jesus name, amen!