Have you had your JOY JUICE today? Are you feeling joyful?
Never do I want to imply that being joyful is a quick, easy process….that if we’ll just follow a simple formula---we’ll always be happy!
Having the JOY of the Lord is NOT the same thing as having a life free from problems. God never promised that! But He has promised to be with us through the storms of life. True joy is NOT about always being happy; we can be heart-broken and still rejoice in the Lord because He is there to give us strength to make it through the tough times.
Remember the passage in 2 Corinthians 11 in which Paul tells of his many challenges? Those verses tell us that five times he received 40 stripes minus one; three times he was beaten with rods; once he was stoned; three times he was shipwrecked; he was often in danger of robbers, of his own countrymen, of the Gentiles; he suffered weariness and toil, hunger and thirst, cold and nakedness…
I’m sure Paul was not happy about these types of circumstances. Yet, his letter to the Philippians is known as the Book of JOY!!!!! Because of his unwavering faith in God, He could practice joy in the midst of all the terrible circumstances.
Is our faith strong enough to look beyond what’s happening to us and focus on the God who never leaves us? Intimate relationship with Christ is the only place to always find TRUE JOY!
Jesus says in John 15:11: “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”