I get bursts of joy that have become more and more intense over the past year. They happen at random times and they change the course of my day. They amplify the good in my life and they make the Lord more real to me. That joy comes from Him. It doesn’t make sense to my mind but it resonates with my spirit and echoes the Lord’s love for me. God is a joyful God. It took me a while to learn that. I used to see Him as a stern individual far in the distance. He is close. Very close and He is more than happy. It’s sad that we have such a misleading view of who God is at times. It is not fair to Him and it is not a good representation to the world. We can only present the Lord to the world depending on how we know and see Him. If we perceive God as strict and stern, we will project a strict and stern image to the world. This past year I have been on a quest to knowing the Lord better. I have taken His Word as ultimate truth and I have let Him reveal Himself to me. Dying to self and letting Him be my life. Joy is one of His attributes that has stood out the most.
It’s not the first time that I have written a message about joy. I can’t help it. It is such a big part of my interaction with the Lord. He brings so much joy because He is joy. I have written about how the joy of the Lord is our strength and it is. I also need to focus on God being the joy and Him being full of joy. His face is full of peace and joy. He doesn’t frown and He doesn’t make faces. His face is like the Sun that shines night and day. If we learn to see Him for who He is. If we allow ourselves to be vulnerable to His presence. If we put our guard down and let Him come in, we will see the joy and we will feel the joy. God wants intimacy with us and the closer we get to Him the better we recognize His amazing attributes. They will pop in and out and they will invade our space at the most random times. God’s joy is permanent. If we can have it all the time, it’s excellent. Most of us can attest that it is not easy to sustain it because life gets in the way. However, we can make it part of our lives by embracing it every time it comes. Joy wants in when we are happy and when we are sad. Sad times call for desperate measures and if the joy of the Lord is our measure of choice, we will get used to it and turn to it before we turn to damaging resources for help.
What am I advocating? I am saying let’s shout for joy at all times. Let’s adhere to who God is even when it hurts. It gets easier the more we do it. It keeps us in God’s will and it helps us conquer the problems of our lives. The enemy hates it when we rejoice. His tactic is to steal our joy because it means he can steal our connection to Jesus. He tries to steal the Lord in us. If he has our joy, he’s got a foot in and he can bring the rest of his detestable body into our circumstances. The best thing to do when life hits us with the hammer of pain is to hit back with praises to the Lord. Let’s show our problems who God is. Let’s resort to joy and stay in faith in Jesus. When I was going through tough times, joy would pop in randomly and make me laugh for no reason. The Lord’s angels would tickle me so to speak and all I could do was feel joy. It was more than a feeling; it was a confirmation of the Lord’s presence. Joy confirms that the Lord is there in all circumstances. I felt sad but I gave in to joy. I still give in to it every time it knocks at my door no matter what I do or whom I am with. I answer the door and let the Lord in. God is a joyful God. Meditate on that truth and let it be part of your life. It will change your life. It has changed mine!
Suggested reading: 1 Chronicles 16: 26-27; Luke 15:7; John 15:10-12