What is Joy?
Joy is the reverse of happiness. Happiness is the feeling that results when the individual feels good about something. Joy is found deep in the heart and gives us the strength, power, and desire needed to carry on no matter what the circumstance.
The Old Testament writers new Joy as something that God put in their hearts to be able to succeed in living for Him. David wrote many Psalms of Joy and Rejoicing. Isaiah spoke of Joy when he spoke of the salvation that comes from loving, and having faith in God.
Surely God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid, for the LORD GOD is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation.
With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
And you will say in that day: Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known his deeds among the nations; proclaim that his name is exalted.
Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously; let this be known in all the earth.
Shout aloud and sing for joy, O royal Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.
This Joy that is within us runs through our veins and radiates from us when we sing praises and worship God for His Glory. Joy is not just a Christian thing. It resides within all who know and believe in God. Loving God brings Joy to all hearts.
For Christians, Joy is first found in Jesus. It is through Jesus that we fully understand Joy in suffering through the promise of salvation. It is because of Jesus that the Joy found in the Love of God givesus what we need to make it through the day in this sinful world.
During this season we are reminded of the Joy that filled young Mary as she was told that she would be the vessel through which God would bring salvation to the world. We are also reminded of the Joy that Joseph felt after the pain of having to decide what to do with Mary was removed by the visit and reassurance of Gabriel that the child Mary was carrying is of the Holy Spirit.
This same Joy is what we have when have suffered loss of any sort. It is the joy that comes from sorrow which strengthens us because it is of God. Our suffering is temporary, the Joy of the Lord is eternal.
Brothers and Sisters, sometimes Joy is hard to find especially in this season when we remember loved ones. It is okay to grieve, however remember that Jesus does not want us to grieve but rejoice. Take care this season to spread the Joy of the Lord because it is our strength.
Love and Blessings
Rob, Servant of God