When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.
Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Shout for joy to God, all the earth!
Have you ever noticed how often 'joy' is mentioned in the Scriptures? Depending on the version, this is around 200 times. It is used as a command, as a noun, and as an adjective.
So often we associate being joyful with positive events and experiences, but the Bible understands joy differently.
Our joy comes from a God of joy. From eternity, the godhead has been enjoying (notice the word 'joy' in 'enjoy') each other's company. Why then did God create the universe and everything in it? Was He lacking something? No, God's actions are an overflow of the abundance of His heart; a joyful, loving heart.
We can have a heart and posture of joy, because we know that our joy-filled God is in control, enabling us also to be filled with joy. 'But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy ...' (Gal 5:22).
Being firmly grounded in Christ and His Word brings us the joy we need to face the uncertainties and stresses of each day. Joy is a response, not something we generate. We rejoice in the Lord, not in our circumstances. Joy is like an anchor, helping us stay firm when we are buffeted from without and from within.
May your hearts be flooded with joy as you read His Word, spend time in His presence and pray about the matters on your own and others' hearts, including the concerns of Korus Connect. Thank you for your continued support of us in this way.
Dawn Penney and the Korus Connect Family
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