I am the first to admit given decades of seemingly relentless challenges, trials, and struggles to the very day I write this that it is really easy for me to fall quickly into discouragement, sadness, complaining, self-pity, discontentment, discouragement, unhappiness, anxiety, and downright joy-lessness. But while I can come up with a list of excuses in a heartbeat for all this, I have learned that it is possible to find and experience JOY anytime day or night – regardless of our circumstances.
We can have access to JOY 24-7 – in the Lord Jesus Christ, in a forever relationship with the Lord, in spending time with Him, in the Bible, in praying, seeking Him, experiencing and enjoying Him, praising, worshiping, and singing to Him, in serving, obeying, and glorifying Him, in serving others in His name, in receiving His love and returning it, in focusing on Him and His blessedness and blessings, and in refusing to allow the devil and this world to steal the JOY we can have in and through Jesus!
For those of us lacking JOY and craving JOY, it starts with a change in focus. A shift from focusing on ourselves, our challenging circumstances, and this world and its woes to focusing on JESUS and THE BIBLE and on God’s endless love, mercy, kindness, grace, greatness, magnificence, gloriousness, splendor, amazingness, awesomeness, beauty, peace, hope, wisdom, etc.
Let us turn, turn, turn to Jesus – and REJOICE in Him! Hallelujah, glory be to the Lord forever, AMEN!
“They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces were not ashamed.” Psalms 34:5 NKJV
“But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You.” Psalms 5:11 NKJV
“I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.” Psalms 9:2 NKJV
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 NKJV