“God will yet fill your mouth with laughter
and your lips with shouts of joy.” ~ Job 8:21 NCV
Our hearts were made for joy...because our hearts were made to enjoy the One who created them.
I read a quote recently from Christian author Barbara Johnson, and she said:
“ Live for today but hold your hands open to tomorrow. Anticipate the future and it’s changes with joy. There is a seed of God’s love in every event, every circumstance, every unpleasant situation in which you may find yourself.”
I imagine that God has planted joy deeply within our souls so that it is not affected by the ups and downs of life...for true joy...well, it comes from knowing and being known by our Creator.
Joy...it is what makes our living worthwhile for it carries with it hope and assurance...that the next “bad thing” that happens in life will not be void of God’s love and provisions for us.
In fact...when I am threatened to be pulled under and drown in my despair over life’s trials and adversities...the Lord gently calls me to discover the undercurrent of joy that lives inside of me...a joy because I’m His.
In my darkest days after my husband’s death, I pleaded with God to know joy again...to feel it...to live in it. When I finally tasted joy for the first time after Brad’s death...it was the only thing I ever wanted to taste forever and ever.
I know I am made for joy. So are you. For we are made to know and be known by God...and it is God’s love that ignites our hearts with radiant joy.
“Dear Father, help me to always uncover the joy that you have planted in my soul when it is threatened to be buried deep inside my sorrow and fears. Help me to cling to it no matter how strong the winds of adversity or raging the currents of frightening circumstances that may surround my life and the lives of those I love.
Increase my trust and love for Jesus...help me to fix my eyes and thoughts only on Him.
For to me...to be joyful means that I am faithfully living for Jesus and that is all that counts. If I give joy to others...I am doing Your work. For I know in these things...all is well...and my joy in You will never be lost again. Amen”
“The joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10