In recent months, I’ve shared various Bible verses. We have been using lots of stand alone verses for each individual Sunday, but since it’s a new year, I’d like to change it up and do something…new.
It’s no secret that 2017 was a horrible year. While my intent was to remain joyful through our struggles, I didn’t really do a great job of that. Our pastor preached a sermon late in 2017 in which he mentioned that joy doesn’t come naturally, but you must choose to be joyful.
Why is being joyful so important? And how do we find this joy? The Bible has a number of things to say about joy:
Psalm 16:10 says, “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” In other words, when we spend time in the presence of God we’ll experience joy in this life and in eternity when we are truly in His presence. Godliness = joy
1 Chronicles 16:27 says this: “Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his dwelling place.” In other words, living a life in His ways will bring us joy and strength.
Proverbs 16:20: “Those who listen to instruction will prosper; those who trust the Lord will be joyful.”
Romans 15:13: “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”
James 1:2-4: “2 Dear brothers and sisters,[a] when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”
2 Corinthians 6:10: “Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything.”
There are many more verses about joy in the Bible; this list doesn’t even scratch the surface. You’ll notice a common theme, though. Joy comes from God, but we must choose to spend time with Him: in His word. In His House. To fellowship with other believers and members of His family.
True Joy must come from God, but we have to choose to seek Him. I admitted to you all last Sunday that my quiet times have suffered and, as a result, my walk with God has suffered.
I am in a place now where I need to seek His face and find the joy only He can give us.
This year, my word of the year is “joy.”
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