Thursday, March 24, 2011

Seeing and Savoring Jesus – Joy

Joy is Indestructible.

I believe that, but I recognize that some will see it as a pretty bold statement. Especially in light of the circumstances and struggles in their own lives. In light of Haiti and Japan. Especially in light of Jesus. In light of Gethsemane. In light of Calvary.

At least in part the truth of those words rests in the definition of joy and happiness. Joy is internal. Happiness is external. Joy is independent of circumstances. Happiness is dependent on circumstances. Joy is a gift from God. Happiness is something we have to generate.

Even though Jesus goes through Calvary and Gethsemane there is still joy. That’s the significance of Hebrews 12:2. He endured the cross and the shame – for the joy. The circumstances aren’t conducive to happiness, but he still has joy.

Your happiness is not God’s priority. But God does want you to have joy. “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full,” says Jesus in John 15:11. But no where does he talks about happiness.

Joy comes from the deep and abiding sense of God’s presence in your life. That is how you can become strong and unshakable in your faith.

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