Joy is knowing we are loved by God, knowing that He has our best interest in all He does in our lives, and that even in our darkest days, He is with us. It is more than a feeling. It is a condition; a benefit of accepting Jesus Christ
It was a good lesson for me to hear today, as I am tempted most when happiness is absent. Joy, though and the hope of heaven keep my focus on the prize. The joy of the Lord is my strength, it really is! When I remember that happiness is fleeting and that joy is eternal, I am content.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4
In the word of God, I find Joy. In the midst of conflict, joy prevails. And in my heart, joy resides.
May the Joy that is only found in the saving blood of Jesus Christ be yours today and always.
"Joy to the World, the Lord is come. Let earth receive her King! Let every heart prepare Him room!"