Being Thankful for Jesus Joy
Heres a good and easy memory verse for us today: Rejoice always, 1 Thessalonians 5:16.
It seems ironic how the whole world wants happiness. We pursue it to our death… And yet all along the way, God is trying to get our attention and tell us he wants to freely give us something like upgraded supercharged happiness. The Bible calls it joy but throughout the Bible its alluded to and implied in many ways. Philippians 3:1 Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord…. and Romans 5:3 …we rejoice in our sufferings, and in persecution: Matthew 5:12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven,…”
The promises of sin always let us down and wind up giving us its misery… but Jesus actually gives us his joy. John 15:11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. Its a joy for all he accomplished for us and its the joy of him and his Father with us being in good standing together as one.
His joy in us overcomes sins side effects and the depression associated with its promises. It may sound a little strange to our ears because God commands his children to be joyful.
Some people have taken Gods commands as a list of do nots full of drudgery. This is the wrong way to look at Gods word to us because his commands are truly for his glory and our good. He loves us! This charge to have joy is repeated over and over and cannot be rationalized as though it is something bad or hard or will bring us misery of any kind.
But… instead of trusting our Creators word… Instead of believing the designer of our soul we trust promises of satisfaction from the tv, and the internet… (if it’s on the internet it must be true right?… Wrong!) and mostly we trust our own deceitful self seeking heart.
Our Maker does not want us to wait for heaven to live in his joy. Not to wait till your vehicle and house and credit cards are paid off… not till after you get well… He doesn’t want you to wait till all your relationship issues are perfect or other circumstances get better. God wants you to taste real joy today. Right now.
Note: We can only because Jesus lived a righteous life and still paid the wages of sin... our wages. Because of all he has done for us we can have his joy by believing in him.
And, how about this one: Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Philippians 4:4
Thank You Lord for giving us your joy and the command to live life delighting in you and your word!