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What comes to mind when you think of joy? Some may think of your wedding day and the dreams of a new family. Some may think of the birth of a child. Still others may consider a special family heirloom gifted from an aging grandparent. These examples, and others like it, reveal that joy comes through positive experiences. Something exciting occurs so we feel joy.
But the Scriptures regularly show some other aspects of joy that we sometimes lose sight of. We see that joy…
…is experienced collectively by all of God’s people (Psalm 16:9, 43:4) – they sang songs about their joy.
…is a gift from God (Isaiah 49:13, 61:10).
…could be experienced even in the midst of suffering (Matt. 5:11-12, Col. 1:24, 2 Cor. 6:10, 1 Peter 4:13).
Today, take some time to consider what brings you joy. Are you proclaiming your joy collectively with others? Do you recognize it as a gift? Are you able to continually experience it, even in the midst of suffering?
What is joy? Joy is choosing to be happy, even when things don’t go your way.
READING & JOURNALING:
What is your current understanding of joy?
Are you able to experience joy, even in the midst of suffering?
Heavenly Father, I confess that joy isn’t something that always comes naturally for me, especially in seasons of suffering. This week, may my understanding of joy grow and change, and may I experience real joy as I spend more and more time in Your presence. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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