A couple of weeks ago a dear friend sent me a message. In that message she said, “This world can take a lot of things, but it cannot take our joy.” I had already been thinking about “how am I to find joy in this devastating trial”. Then after reading her message I opened up my Verse of the Day bible app to this, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).” Again, I thought to myself, how in the world is there any joy in this? How am I to find joy in watching my husband slowly decline day by day? Where is there joy when I see sadness in my children’s faces? Where is the joy when my heart hurts so, and I just hang my head and cry?
There is no joy in any of that, as I will not find my joy there. The joy comes in knowing that I have given my life to Christ and one day Heaven is my home. My joy comes from knowing that Jesus loves me in spite of my wretched self. My joy comes in knowing that no matter what the world throws at me, Jesus is by my side. My joy has to come from looking at the eternal.
Hebrews 12:2 says “[Look] to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Even Jesus found joy in the midst of his greatest trial. His joy wasn’t the shame and the excruciating pain that lay ahead at the cross of Calvary, but what was to come after that, eternal salvation for all! His Joy came from the eternal.
SO…today I will work focusing on joy. The eternal joy. The joy, that one day, will never be tainted by sadness, sickness, disease, sin, or death. Joy that comes with being filled by the Holy Spirit. Joy that comes living for eternity with the ONE who endured that cross, because He knew the JOY that was to come after his suffering! Thank you Jesus!
(I write this knowing there will be many days ahead that I will have to come back to this and remind myself of where my joy is!!)
It’s been a tough week. This week Jon has felt extremely tired and dizzy. He is beginning to feel weakness in his legs as well. He told me the other day, “I feel like I have taken a bunch of muscle relaxers.” Jon needs your encouragement! You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.