Who is the most joyful person you know? Have you wondered why they are so joyful or why you are not as joyful as they? You might have contributed it to some personality quirk or maybe they just don’t care as much as you do and thus not burdened by life. Maybe this joy-filled individual just needs some more responsibilities in their life?
However, I believe that the Bible presents the most joyous being as God Himself, who is the creator and sustainer of all things. You could respond that we would have joy too if we had all power and wisdom. Did you know that God desires you to experience His very own joy? We can walk our life with all of its cares, burdens, and responsibilities and do so with God’s very own joy in our heart. Consider what Jesus had to say in John 15:10-11,
If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in HIs love. These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.
The secret to experiencing the very joy of Jesus and that at its fullness is to remain under the authority of Jesus. Whenever we choose to disobey Jesus, we may get what we want, but we will lose what we most desperately need. This day we may get fleeting happiness or we may experience enduring joy. May we think clearly when it comes to the attitudes and decisions of our heart today. A suggestion that I have recently have received is to find those people who can be your “Joy mentors.” As a joy seeker, I could use a guide from someone who has walked similar paths and did so with joy. Joy in living gives great glory to God as we worship and live for Him. Consider a spouse who grudgingly is faithful or joyfully commits, which options speak of greater love to the spouse? So too, don’t settle for just duty to God but seek the delight of the Lord in our living. May the joy of the Lord be your strength today.