DayBreaks for 4/29/19: The Deep Secret of Joy
We all long to be joyful. Even those who are the most miserable would prefer joy to the bitterness that consumes them. But what is the secret to joy?
Some think it is in having abundance, or a child, or a great marriage, a career that is fulfilling and the like. I’d argue that those things can be taken away in a heartbeat and if those things, even those people, are the key to your joy, what do you do then?
I think, upon reflection, that Martin Luther nailed it (no pun intended) when he said: The heart overflows gith gladness, and leaps and dances for the joy it has found in God. In this experience the Holy Spirit is active and has taught us in the flash of a moment the deep secret of joy. You will have as much joy and laughter in life as you have faith in God.
In what way is the amount of joy in our life directly proportional to the amount of faith we have in God?
Let’s try a few:
If we have faith in God, we will believe his words and promises are all true, including but not limited to:
- We are not his enemies, we are called beloved children;
- Our past is not held against us but is forgotten and all our guilt and shame removed;
- Our present is guided by his plan for us that is good and perfect;
- Our future is secured by his unshakeable might;
- We stand perfect and righteous in his eyes;
- We are loved with an unending and unfailing love;
- We have a protector who watches over us day and night;
- We have a provider who will meet every need;
- And the list can go on and on and on.
When we have that kind of faith in God, we must echo the words of great truth and hope: If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)
And that, my friend, knowing that there is no longer any condemnation and all the things above are true, cannot help but produce joy. Therein lies the DEEP secret of joy – a joy the world cannot take away. Let us think on these truths when we begin to lose our joy!
Prayer: Thank you for all these truths that irresistibly produce joy the more we come to trust in you! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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