I love the word JOY. It makes me think of the best things in life. When I reflect on joy I have a sense of peace and lightness of soul. Joy is a place I like to be; it is a state of being that is filled with hope, contentment and significance.
True joy is transcendent and powerful. Joy can even show up where happiness is hard to come by. It is the backdrop of a life that is unique and stands out in a crowd. Joy is the person that just seems to lighten your load whether they open their mouth, give you a hug or just enter into your world in a million different ways. There are people that just exude joy whether they are trying to or not. Don’t you love being around those people? Could you be one of those people?
We are told that true joy is a work of God’s spirit in us. The Greek word that we translate joy is “Chara”. One of the theologians I was reading said a better translation would be “rejoicefullness”; if that we a word. It is a filling up that overflows into all of life – no matter the circumstances, the contexts or apparent happiness of the moment.
This type of life is available to all of us as we live our lives connected to God’s Word and His Spirit. Joy is a natural position or our hearts and minds as we trust God to be Lord and Provider. God is not only enough – He is the only thing that will ever truly meet our soul’s desire.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The prophet Habakkuk reveals the amazing breadth and depth of God’s transformative power of joy. As we read the following passage it is a good time to consider the issue of what matters most to us. Where are we going with our lives and what are we counting on that is worth pouring our lives into? Do you know this JOY?
17 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, 18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.
19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.
Connected in Joy,
Pastor Nick Mundis