Devotional

Joy

One day (several years ago), while at work, it was my turn for a break and I went to the break room. It was a Monday. As I entered, one of the workers was asked another worker, “Did you have a good weekend?” His reply was, “I must have. I don’t remember a thing.” What kind of joy is that?!? I’m so glad our Lord gives His own real joy to us.

As we ponder joy for a moment, it is important to realize the Source of true joy. For one thing, it is part of the Spirit’s fruit in the life of a believer as he/she submits to Him. Joy then, flows from the Spirit into the life of the believer.

Jesus said, “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full” (John 15:11). Jesus gives us joy. It is not a joy that is conjured up from self-effort. It is not a joy that we can of our selves produce. It is joy that comes from God Himself. Jesus desires that joy to be in us, believers, and that it would remain in us. As that happens, His joy becomes our joy. The standard of this joy is the infinite and perfect Being, God Himself. There is no greater joy than His joy. Jesus prayed, “…that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.” He desires that the believer has “fulness” of joy. So then, joy comes from God Himself. Joy is a very part of God’s nature.

But, in the practical realm, how does the believer get that joy God desires him/her to have? First, for one to have this joy they must have Jesus as their personal Saviour. Romans 5:11 says, “…but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.” Philippians 1:25 speaks of the “joy of faith.” We have so much to rejoice in when we consider our redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Note also that Jesus said, “These things have I spoken unto you.” The Word of God is truth. We have great joy when we embrace His truth. Remember the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. Jesus walked beside them but they did not yet realize that it was Jesus, the resurrected Lord. He began “at Moses and all the prophets” and he “expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself” (Luke 24:27). After He sat down with them and took bread, blessed it, brake it and gave to them, their eyes were opened and they knew that it was Jesus. As they pondered these things, they said one to another, “Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?” (v. 32). There is great joy that floods the soul when our Lord opens to us His Word! Truly, there is joy in His presence.

Psalm 16:11 says, “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”

There is also joy in serving Jesus. We know that our labour is not in vain in the Lord (I Corinthians 15:58). Paul said, “Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all” (Philippians 2:17).

Psalm 100:2 says, “Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.”

Our Lord wants His joy to be ours. He wants us to be full of joy.

I Peter 1:8 says, “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.”

Rejoice in Him.

“Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice” (Philippians 4:4).

Pastor Hoxie