We perish because we know not… #TLENews
Audio: Thrive, Lean On Me, The Reason Why We Sing = 11:32
Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to another episode of Today’s Word. Today, I would like to touch on Joy. Joy plays a vital role in the Christian faith. It grows through constant interaction with God and reading and thinking on His word. In Psalm 126:4-6 it states, “and now God, do it again – bring rains to our drought stricken lives so those who planted their crops in despair will shout hurrahs at the harvest, so those who went off with heavy hearts will come home laughing; with armloads of blessings.”
In Proverbs 15:13 he says, “A cheerful heart brings a smile to your face; a sad heart makes it hard to get through the day.”
God doesn’t want you to be without joy. Your joy can’t be taken from you but you can give it away. There is a difference between happiness and joy. You can be unhappy but you can’t be unjoy (not even a word). You can be unhappy about something and still overall have joy in your heart.
In Jeremiah 15:15-18, “You know where I am, God! Remember what I’m doing here! Take my side against my detractors. Don’t stand back while they ruin me. Just look at the abuse I’m taking. When your words showed up, I ate them, swallowed them whole. What a feast! What delight I took in being yours. O God, God of the Angel-Armies. I never joined the party crowd in their laughter and their fun. Led by you, I went off by myself. You’d fill me with indignation. Their sin had me seething. But why, why this chronic pain, this ever worsening wound and no healing in sight? You’re nothing, God, but a mirage, a lovely oasis in the distance-and then nothing.”
What was Jeremiah saying here? He had the joy of God’s word in him. He was pained, afflicted, persecuted and more but he still had joy in him. In Luke 10:18-20 it states, “I know. I saw Satan fall, a bolt of lightning out of the sky. See what I’ve given you? Safe passage as you walk on snakes and scorpions and protection from every assault of the enemy. No one can put a hand on you. All the same, the great triumph is not in your authority over evil but in God’s authority over you and presence with you. Not what you do for God but what God does for you- that’s the agenda for rejoicing.
Several other scriptures in regards to joy you can read are:
2 Corinthians 2:14
1 Thessalonians 5:18
3 John 1:4