Joyful

Gentlemen,

Meditating on my lack of joy has been insightful. What hinders my joy? In fact, what is joy? Do I really understand God’s gift of joy and its benefits for me? After some mulling and chewing and dissecting, I believe that joy is infinite confidence and delight in God’s beneficial rule. Consider that definition in light of these great Scriptures: Look to “Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2). Jesus endured the cross with infinite confidence and delight in God’s beneficial rule. Or, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds” (James 1:2). When I face suffering, I can be confident that God reigns with goodness. So, Jesus desires for us to be joyful. He says, “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full (John 15:11). Why do I find myself stoic or angry? Reasons that I am not joyful include myopic vision of my circumstances, rejection of his authority, or doubt in God’s goodness. How about you? Where’s your joy?

Seeking strength and courage in the hearts of men,

Jay

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