What is Joy? A feeling of great pleasure and happiness. Who wouldn’t like to feel great? Who wouldn’t like to feel happy? Unfortunately, some people don't. Often times it is easier just to grump about everything and complain. But the Bible tells us we absolutely need to have joy! After all, why should we be sad when God has overcome the world?! The Bible talks about joy in Isaiah 55:12 which says “You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” There is a difference between joy and happiness. Being happy is for a short period of time; a whimsical, fun feeling. Being joyful is an everlasting kind of happiness; not just for a short time but until eternity. So what should we choose: the world’s happiness or God’s joy? God’s joy of course! He promises us “for the joy of the Lord is our strength!” (Nehemiah 8:10). The Lord’s joy will be our strength! Also look at John 16:24b which says “Ask and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” Do you want real joy? Do you want true joy? The kind of joy that never, ever goes away? Then read your Bible daily. Pray to God with joy. Obey your parents. Overcome evil with good. God says that he will give you this pure joy if you trust in His name. However, the world will try and rob you of that great joy—God’s great joy. But the Bible promises us that if we run the race with all of our hearts—if we don’t give up and if we keep going—that “…no one will take away your joy” (John 16:22). Run the race with JOY! Let God’s bountiful JOY be your STRENGTH! Finish strong! Then you will find true peace and true joy.
When you get discouraged, try putting on a smile. It will cheer your whole day up. Try it.
Start your day in God’s Word. Then, go back to His Word when you are feeling tired, weary or depressed so that it will be a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your ways.
When life gets tough, remember that we can’t see the big picture. Only the Creator of all things can. We are a part of a little, smaller puzzle piece. God is connecting all those puzzle pieces together and one day everything will make sense to us. John 16:33 tells us, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” If God has overcome the world, why should we worry? Why should we want to give up running this race that is set before us?
Be sure you are spending enough time praying each and every day. Let Him know you would like true joy but are not sure where to start. Through prayer and His Word He will show you where to begin.