Joy means an emotion of great pleasure and happiness. This meaning is important, but today I’d like us to look at the ‘where’ of our Joy.
Where do you put your Joy?
We can put our joy in different things but it’s important to know that God is the constant one in the midst of our ever-changing world. The opening verse says- “And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.” (emphasis mine). Atonement means reconciliation. God reconciled us to himself through his son Jesus, now we have a relationship with the God of the universe.
“But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice.” Psalm 68:3 (KJV)
As believers, we are to rejoice and be glad in the Lord. You may ask why and I’ll give you three reasons✨
3 Reasons to Rejoice
1. God Loves You- the entire bible is God’s love story of salvation for you. Yes, you. He sent his Son, Jesus to pay your penalty of sin and give you new life. Now, you’re forgiven, accepted and righteous in the beloved (Jesus).
Romans 5:8 KJV
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
2.God is For You – God is on your side and not against you, He is actively working behind the scenes of every detail of your life. The bible says – “But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.” If he cares about the littlest of things like the hairs on your head, how much more the rest of your life . You can bank on his Love.
3.God is With you – There is very popular knowledge to us as believers, but it’s easy to lose the weight of this enormous of fact of God’s presence always with us. Think of this , everywhere you go, God goes. Everywhere you are, God is. He is With You! Not was but IS (present tense), right now God is with you, for you and He loves you. This is more than enough reason to rejoice ✨✨✨🥳
I’ll leave you with the words of a prisoner who didn’t let his dungeon chains stop his Joy. His name is Paul, he said to tell you this –
“Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.” (Philip. 4:4)