Question of the day: Have you experienced the Joy of the Lord?
Joy is one of the fruit of the Spirit which is found in Galatians 5:22. Experiencing the joy of the Lord is not limited to the believers in the Bible. We are disciples, followers but first and foremost Children of God. As every mother will want to see their children happy, Christ desires for us to be filled with joy and gladness. There’s a difference between joy and happiness. Joy is internal, eternal, unshakeable , supernatural experience. Happiness is external. It is fickle. It based on conditions. If my man buys me that car, I’m happy. If he doesn’t, my day is ruined. If I get an A on my exam, I will be happy but if I get lesser than that, then I’m just going to sleep and talk to no one. When you have experienced the joy of the Lord, trials will come but you won’t allow it to dictate how your day will go. It won’t stop you from praising God. You release your cares and your burdens unto God. Having the joy of the Lord doesn’t mean you won’t cry or be frustrated at times. You are human. Jesus even wept. Having the joy of the Lord gives you a new found perspective on life.
In James 1:2, we are reminded that we should “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” Trials will come but God is Greater than any circumstance that will come your way. You must seek Him. Don’t put God in a box. Seek His face at all times. Having the joy of the Lord is seen as fake to the world. Many will never comprehend how one can be facing a difficult trial in their lives but yet still they are living, praising and pursuing God. We are expected to be sad, and dwell on the situation for a long period of time. As you grow in your walk with God, you will look back on certain things and wonder why you stressed so much on that situation. It won’t bother you because you have a better understanding of things. You will learn the importance of putting your dependence on God and not on human beings like you. No one is perfect. Personally, a lesson I learned while back in college was leaning on God. I remember my first year in college, I was feeling really down and I called three of my friends at the time. No one responded but not that alone, they never got back to me. I had to call them a week after to see if they received my phone call. Sometimes, people say they are busy. The response that I received was as follows “I saw your call but I was busy and forgot to call you back”. Yes, things happen but I mean none of my friends called me back. It was really hard for me because I’m the one that’s either reaching out to my friends. Some of them are not texting/calling people as they say but this was a lesson I learned. I learned to cast my care to God. God must be my priority in every situation. He is not my last resort. For many of you, you are still learning this lesson. You find yourself calling someone every time you are faced with an issue. God is calling you to himself. He wants you to experience his presence in the midst of your trial. Your friends won’t always be there for you. They are humans with their own set of trials. When you learn to make God you focal point, you rest on his promises of never leaving you nor forsaking you. God is always at work in our lives whether you see it or not. He desires for all his children to experience joy in His presence. My prayer is that you will experience the joy of the Lord. He is waiting to fill his children up to the brim. He is the God who makes all things new. Ask the Lord to fill your heart/life with joy. I know He will.
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