What is joy and why would God want that state of mind and being for me? What makes me happy or what causes me to have an optimistic outlook on life? Scripture speaks of joy of the soul that is not dependent upon any outward circumstances or a happy attitude. Here are a few examples:
Psalm 5:11 “But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.” Being cared for and loved by God brings soulful joy.
Isaiah 51:11 speaks about our state in heaven, “The ransomed of the LORD will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.” When we are in heaven, it will be a place of eternal joy in the presence of God.
John 15:11 speaks the words of Jesus when he says, “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.” Jesus wants us to have complete joy in Him.
Acts 14:17 Paul speaks of proof, “Yet he has not left himself without testimony: he has shown kindness by giving rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.” We are so fortunate that we can see and experience a portion of God’s joy for us here on earth.
Scripture tells us that Biblical joy is from the Lord. It is not dependent upon my circumstances and is a state of mind and being that God desires for his redeemed. Faith in Jesus gives me access to this unlimited joy. Claim it today and spend your day with a joyfilled attitude and heart that will bless you and those around you.