1 Thessalonians 5:16 “…Be joyful always…”
Dear reader, being joyful is not supposed to be hard work. Joy is not necessarily laughing out loud or having fun and games all the time. Joy is a deep-seated contentment and happiness because one has found the true source of joy and happiness in one’s life.
A lot of Christians struggle with this. Let’s be real. Nobody can laugh and smile all the time, especially not when one is faced with the loss of a loved one, a financial crisis, a career change or a big decision. Then it is time to be serious and to focus. However, Paul writes under inspiration of the Holy Spirit that we, as believers must be joyful always. Is this even possible?
Can it be, that even in the midst of trials and crisis we can have joy?
The word of God is very specific about the fact that this is indeed possible. The joy of the Lord is our strength, my friend. Joy in God, His love for us, His perfect will, His Sovereign control over everything that happens on the Earth and His Flawless faithfulness to us is the kind of joy that will last and endure despite circumstances.
There would be a lot less depression on the earth if we, as believers, could just press pass the realities of life and enter into the reality of God and who He is. I believe it is time for us as followers of Christ to call out to God to fill us with fresh joy in who He is and what He came to accomplish for us on the cross. Friend, you are eternally secure in Christ! You will pass into eternal peace, rest and joy at the day of your death. You have so much to be joyful about. Today, make a list of the things you can be joyful about. You will be surprised at how many things there are. Then praise God for each one and choose to focus on those things as you journey through your day!
Prayer: “Heavenly Father, as your children we have so much to be joyful about in this day. We cannot begin to even fathom how highly favored we are because we believe in Your Son. We cannot even imagine the great things you have in store for us in this day, forgive us for allowing negativity to rule our thinking. We take up a new attitude and we choose to focus on all our blessings and to live in the joy of knowing You and walking with You. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.”