Is God the “source of all your joy”? So often, our happiness in life is a product of our circumstances:…our financial status, the degree of our influence, the state of our health….
True joy, the joy that comes only from the Holy Spirit, transcends our circumstances and places a shield over our hearts, protecting us from our egos, our selfish ambitions, and the insurmountable heartache that so often occurs in the wake of tragedy.
This is why we often see joy manifested in the life of a Christian during life’s most difficult circumstances. It is this unshakeable joy that the world cannot understand…. A joy that drives out depression and anxiety, and eliminates the fear of being misunderstood. A joy that allows us to face down life’s most difficult challenges and proclaim “it is well with my soul…”
To David, joy was not circumstantial. It stemmed from a relationship with the Father that allowed him to forfeit temporary gratification over and over again.
To the Christian, joy is an indicator of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit…(cue the “Fruits of the Spirit” song from childrens church), and we must never allow ourselves to draw from the empty promises of this world in the pursuit of the joy that only the Holy Spirit can provide.
Our joy may feel small today, but as I am experiencing firsthand, it will begin to grow as we realign the priorities of our life to accomplish a single objective: the Glory of the Father. As this becomes our focus, our thoughts and desires will align His through prayer, meditation, and worship,
To the cynic, this may all just seem like fluffy language but it is absolutely true. Realigning our desires to the singular focus of bringing Glory to the father will create a lasting joy in us, but it is one of the toughest challenges in our maturing process as Christians. I feel like I am just getting started…
Be intentional today about examining the source of your joy. Find your satisfaction and joy in life through the glory of our Savior. True joy cannot exist apart from this, “so whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Cor 10:31).
Ryan works part time as the Production Manager at Avalon and helps lead worship on Sunday mornings. He and his wife Amber have two children and have been part of the Avalon community for over 10 years.