“Rejoice in the Lord often. I will say it once again: Rejoice!”
The Bible appears to be fairly clear on joy. It is so clear it repeats it twice! So why do we as Christians struggle with not getting pleased?
The pursuit of happiness is eventually fairly empty. Society tells us we should really chase this emotion and our culture is fundamentally structured to attempt and receive this unobtainable feeling. We make resolutions, promises and Pinterest boards. We aspire to get that job, these good friends, that mark or that man. And however, when we are there, we are nevertheless not pleased, and we wonder why.
Nonetheless, it is crucial to comprehend that joy is not happiness. Happiness is a fleeting moment – that bit among beginning a family members size bag of M&Ms and the immediate regret when we are unable to move following. Joy is deep rooted, a satisfaction with being aware of who we have been made by and thus who we are.
Happiness is circumstantial, whereas I really think that joy is a selection, often.
Joy is not about circumstance but our viewpoint. We can select it each day.
1. Joy is about viewpoint.
When we appear purely inside ourselves and are overwhelmed by our difficulties and frustrations it is simple to be preoccupied by selfishness. We start out to doubt that God is excellent, and we are painfully conscious of all that is not getting fulfilled to our strategy. We start out to feel about ourselves a lot more and ergo feel about God much less. This sounds so silly on paper, but it is so effortlessly accomplished. Our view of God is obliterated by ourselves.
I think that we have been referred to as out of ourselves. That is out of our minds, our difficulties and gripes, and into a partnership with God. That signals an finish to our self-centric universe, and it is right here that we start to obtain joy. When we appear for an eternal viewpoint rather than an internal 1, we start out to grasp the joy of our salvation. Then, even in the toughest instances we are in a position to give thanks, and overflow with joy.
“Give thanks in all situations for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
(1 Thessalonians five:18)
two. Joy is eternal.
For when our viewpoint is moved from getting inside to be outdoors ourselves we can see that God is excellent. We understand that normally items are getting worked out in methods that we can not fathom. We are freed from our selfish natures to give thanks, and serve these about us. We come once again to wonder at the marvel of the cross, and in undertaking so, leave space for practically nothing but joy in our hearts.
“Rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
three. Joy is infectious.
My favourite Bible verse in the entire planet has to be the conclusion of Psalm 23, following David (the writer of the psalms) has described the goodness of God as our shepherd, and that even in our most difficult circumstances, he is our protection. He writes “my cup overflows with joy.”
If we are living as our life overflows with joy, it suggests the lives of these about us will be flowed into by that overflow of joy. When we are thankful, and in awe of the goodness of God, this is powerfully shaping our attitudes to these men and women we encounter each day.
In our joy we point fundamentally to Him whose joy is in our hearts. Let’s be radiant with joy, as we appear to God as the giver of each excellent factor.
“These who appear to Him are radiant.” (Psalm 34:five)