We all seek to find real joy, not just temporary happiness due to some happening; unexpected money in our account, a nice dinner out, a compliment from someone we admire or any other of a hundred reasons for temporary happiness. Real joy however is not a temporary smile or a laugh. Although we welcome even brief happiness to brighten a day, real joy comes from only one source God the Father and His Son Jesus. In this blog we will try to define the meaning of real joy through a selection of scriptures that we hope will help you to develop the joy that comes with the peace that passes all understanding.
King David, the beloved of God, was the author of many Psalms and often expressed his sorrow or the need to pray to God for forgiveness of his transgressions. In Psalm 5 however he gives us a way to rejoice by following our faith.
Psalm 5:11 But let all those rejoice who put their thrust in You. Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name be joyful in You.
In later Psalms we find additional guidance in our search for true joy.
Psalm 16:11 You will show me the path of life: In Your presence is the fullness of joy: At Your right hand are pleasures evermore.
Psalm 30:5 For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.
Psalm 51:12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
Isaiah offered much to his people. The people of his time needed to repent their ways and return to God (perhaps just as today?). He worked to guide the people as cited in the record of his ministry. His simple message is given here:
Isaiah 12:3 Therefore with joy you will draw water from the well of salvation.
With the joy of the birth of Jesus we have the joy our savior gives to us when we accept the gift of grace as true believers. Luke quotes Jesus in countless verses. One that speaks to joy in heaven is quoted below.
Luke 15:7 I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents that over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.
In Paul’s letter to the Romans he described the kingdom of God and offered his wishes that the peace of God would be found in each of the new Christians. Two verses are cited below which guide us to find the joy we desire so fervently.
Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13 Now may the the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Finally, quoting Galatians 5:22, may you know in your heart that “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, and faithfulness”.