Joy Is Found In The Promises Of God, Do You Know Them?

By: Amanda Mattingly 0 Comments   3/26/2013

Joy. What does this word mean? What does it represent?

The definition of joy in the English dictionary is, “the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure.”

What are things that bring you joy in your own life? So many events, people, and accomplishments bring “keen pleasure” to people all around the world.

A few things in my own life that bring joy are spending time with my husband, having the opportunity to Skype with my nieces and nephew who live oversees, and even something as simple as soaking in the outdoors and the incredible creation around me.

While all these things are fine, and there’s nothing wrong with them, the real question is where does our source of joy come from? As Christ-followers, we receive complete joy from our Lord as it is through Him that we can find joy in every circumstance—good or bad, there is joy to be found.

When Christ is at the center of who we are and our lives, there is always a source of joy even amidst trying circumstances that attempt to overwhelm us. And this is through our faith that the Lord will stand with us and provide His guidance in every circumstance as we look to Him, ultimately allowing us to overcome our present situations.

 The timing always differs depending upon what God is trying to teach us through our trials, but nonetheless, our joy remains in the fact that He is our Savior and our source of joy through His never-ending love.

Oswald Chambers says, “The things we try to avoid and fight against—tribulation, suffering, and persecution—are the very things that produce abundant joy in us.”

It is easy to live in abundant joy when our lives are going just as we planned. But when trying times arrive, we have the opportunity to choose joy despite the situation at hand.

In 2 Corinthians 7:4b, Paul says- “I am greatly encouraged; in all our troubles my joy knows no bounds.”

How different would our lives be if we made the conscious decision to choose to live a live of joy that was not dependent on our present circumstances? But it was something we chose each day. This would leave no room for complaining—what a difference this would make for most of us.

While we are human, and complaining is bound to occur at various times in our lives, if we choose to pay attention to our own attitudes, we would live more joyful lives while honoring God. After all, He knows what our circumstances will be before they happen and promises to walk through them with us—providing peace, guidance, comfort, and joy as we seek Him.

We may not always know what His plans are or why certain scenarios in our lives are playing out in a certain way, we can rely on His sovereignty and choose to live a life of abundant joy.

I heard someone make a challenge to commit to not complaining for an entire week—seven days! When something happens that would usually result in a complaint, whether we deem it to be warranted or not, instead choose to find something to be joyful for. Pray God would fill your irritation with joy, hope, and peace. How would this change your life?

By choosing to live a life of abundant joy, we will also rest in an astounding hope . . . hope in knowing that our circumstances are not always final. We have hope in the assurance that our God is in control of our circumstances and can be trusted that He has a purpose for all things. And it is in this hope and faith in Him that we can choose joy.

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