Where Does Joy Come From?
I just returned from another Beth Moore bible study. I have to say, she really gets me thinking. God shows me so much just by listening or reading. That's why I try to urge my friends to read, because God will use different things to reveal himself to us. He loves to use people, their situations, books (other then the bible). Today I want to talk about Joy, and I want to show you something that God revealed to me, and answered a few questions I had as well. I hope that it puts you on the right path if you have the same questions I did.
What is joy
and how do we get it? Today I want to talk to you about objective joy.
I'll dive into that in a second, but lets examine others things that can
bring us joy. Joy is the result of discovering the person, power and
plan of God in our multitude of circumstances. Joy is the result of
restoration. Joy is the result of "remaining" in Christ. Joy is the
result of relating God's way to God's people. And lastly, the joy I
want to talk about to today. The joy that results in you realizing that
our names are written in Heaven.
Do you ever wonder why it
is that you cant be happy? Why is it that just knowing we are going to
heaven one day doesn't make us leap for joy and motivate us to take on
this huge role that God has set aside for us? Why is it that we are
always striving to be happy? Today I want you to do take a look at the
things that God has called us to set our eyes on, and our thoughts on.
He commands us to do these things because He knows that they will bring
us Joy. And Joy is one of the fruits of the spirit. Its something we
can own if will just TAKE IT!
Ecclesiastes 3:11-13 Says: He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil—this is the gift of God.
is it that drives us to want to find that happiness? That joy? Why is
it that we look for joy in this world, thinking that if we had that, or
could do this that we would then be happy? Friend, Our joy was never
intended to come from the things that this world has to offer. Not when
the bible says that we can have joy regardless of our circumstances.
So where does it come from?
I want you to notice the first part of the scripture that says: He has made everything beautiful in its time. The things that we go through in this life are what strengthens us. The trials and sufferings that we must endure are what draws us closer to God and it is those trials that God will bring about beauty. Yes our trials will bring us pain, because we are humans and we have emotions, but it is then when we must grasp on to what Paul says when he says, rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.(Romans 5:3-6)
We can have joy, because we know that "joy cometh" 1 Peter 5:10 says; And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
what Am I trying to say here??? We can have joy because of what we know
is yet to come. There is more to this life then the trials that we
have to get through, Have peace in knowing that Nothing is done in vain.
We don't suffer for nothing, nothing is wasted, God never allows us to
go through things, and experience things for "nothing".
Lets talk about the next section of what this verse has to offer: He has also set eternity in the hearts of men;. Have you ever wondered why it is that you just cant settle? That you just have that desire to find that "something better' Why you say, There has to be more to life then this" Well there is! That desire for their to be more, was put their by God Himself. I read a book one time and it was talking about how, if we would just quit expecting things to be different and settle for how they are, then we wouldn't be so disappointed all of the time. Well that just never settled with me, It goes against everything that God tells us to do. He tells us to expect great things! To never lose hope! Keep the faith, He also tells us that in all things Give thanks and praise to God, even in the rough times, because all of this is for something much greater! Its for the Kingdom!
One thing Beth Moore showed us today in the study was how even when Jesus was nearing his time on the cross, His "objective cause of joy" was bringing many sons to glory.
What is Glory? Giving us a way to an eternal life in Heaven, the
Kingdom, with Jesus Christ! Jesus died a cruel undeserving death, His
motivation to endure such suffering was the joy set before him. His
situation didn't bring him joy, but the joy that "cometh" motivated him. Kept him going. Psalm 126:1-6 says that "those who sow in tears now will reap with songs of joy later. Psalms 30:5 says For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning...There's that word! "Cometh"
In order for us to have that Joy, that "objective joy" not subjective (circumstantial joy) but objective joy. Joy that God promises is ours, regardless of our circumstances we must know Gods promises, we must read the word, meditate on it, Feed our spirits with it, so that we can find out what "that" is that's coming. I encourage you to read the book of John, Psalms, Philippians and 1st Peter & 2nd Peter (2 Short books) when you need reminders of reasons to be joyful. I pray right now that you will take these scriptures, and meditate over them. That God will reveal His love to you, and shower you with that joy that comes from being filled with His spirit and knowing that eternity is what we have to look forward to. It's our reason for joy. Its our motivation to keep going, with a good attitude, because we know that we are royalty, we know that we are children of the most high God and that we have a place reserved for us in Heaven. We know that life happens and it causes pain but God set eternity in our hearts if we can just get it in our spirits that "joy cometh" the Kingdom is ours, and because of that we can have our joy!! Jesus kept His eyes and thoughts on the kingdom of God. If these things worked for Him, they will work for us.
John 14:1-4 Jesus Says "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going."