In the last 4 years we as a family have suffered the consequences of someone else's intense jealousy (ok, ok - I'm getting to joy!) and in that time I have had many low moments.
One of the things I have said often to my husband over this time is "I know God is in control, I know He has a plan and a purpose in this, I know we are trying to handle this God's way, I know we have overcome much in this time, I know we have received grace and mercy and favour (all undeserved I might add) - BUT - where is the joy?"
Well, trials and tribulations suck the joy right our of you.
What does God's word say about experiencing joy in the hard things?
Ps 16 v 11: You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasure forever more.
Joy comes from spending time in God's presence
Jer 15 v 16: Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; for I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts.
Joy comes from reading and spending time in God's word, not just reading over, but absorbing it into your being.
Ps 30 v 5(b): ...Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.
We need to realize that the trials we go through will not last forever. For some these trials are short and for others some trials seem to last forever. There are seasons, summers and winters.
Remain as close to God as you can - I think joy in the hard times comes from reaching that place in your heart and head where you decide to trust God and His word, despite the circumstances.
Neh 8 v 10(b): ....The joy of the Lord is my strength
I think this means when you come to that place of faith in the Lord, trusting Him in your circumstance, you feel release from worry and thus His joy is your strength.
Matt 25 v 21: His lord said to him, "Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord."
Joy comes from being faithful with what God has given you. Don't you feel an inner peace, a glow inside, when you step out in faith and do something for the Lord? Bless someone, a random act of kindness, a word in season, etc? So, when you feel joyless - go do something good for someone else. It like a salve to your soul.
Rom 14 v 17: For the kingdom of God is not food and drink, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Be filled with the Holy Spirit, Gods' comforter!
Finally, James 1 v 2: My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials.
When the devil is attacking you, you must be doing something right! Right?
|Raining trials? Look up - He refreshes with joy!|
My encouragement to you is don't give up - joy infuses your spirit slowly as you spend time with God and start to trust Him no matter what, as it is He who loves you unconditionally.
Linking with Jackie at Adventures in the ordinary for "The way I see it Wednesdays