FILLED WITH JOY!
FILLED WITH JOY! Is it possible to be filled with joy? I mean joy that is so powerful that it takes your breath away and leaves you speechless? What do you think it would take to produce joy like that? Would that joy come with a new car, a new home, a new child added to the family? Would it come with a bulging bank account or hefty retirement plan? How about a promotion in the workplace or at long last a great retirement? What will it take to fill you with joy or for that matter is that kind of joy even possible?
Jesus is the answer to the kind of joy that even the world can’t produce no matter how great things may seem in terms of human circumstances. This joy is possible for anyone who has come to know Jesus. The Apostle Peter said, “Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls,” (1 Peter 1:8-9 NIV). When we know Jesus our eternal destiny is sure and the realization of that fact should fill us with joy that nothing the world offers can compete with it. In the middle of life’s worse circumstances the inexpressible and glorious joy that God offers in knowing Jesus will still be there.
This joy is where the Christian can find strength for every event in life. Nehemiah had to remind the Jews of old of this very fact when he told them that “the joy of the Lord is your strength.” We need to be reminded often that real complete joy can be found in only one place. Even the Apostles had to be reminded by Jesus of this fact. As Jesus was with the Apostles and shared regarding relationships, love, and fruit bearing on the last night before the crucifixion He said, “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete,” (John 15:11 NIV). When we find Jesus and establish a relationship with Him we find joy that the world cannot provide and we find the strength that we need to live with joy in an often cruel and unhappy world. The world is looking for that which will bring total and complete joy but they will never find it outside of a relationship with Jesus who makes our joy complete.
("Daily Reflections On God's Word" Volume 1 by Dr. Chuck Davis).