Well, I am finally here with the word of the month! And as you probably already saw, the word is…
I love this word, because it’s meaning is kind of mysterious. Its not the same as happiness, but its not that different either. So I’m going to try and attempt to help us understand this word a little bit better, and live out this word in our everyday lives. So let’s get started!
Make a joyful shout to God all the earth! Sing out the honor of His name; make his praise glorious!Psalm 66: 1-2
But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God; Yes, let them rejoice exceedingly. Sing to God, sing praises to His name, extol Him who rides on the clouds, by His name Yah and rejoice before Him.Psalm 68:3
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!Philippians 4:4
Glory in His holy name, Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord!1 Chronicles 16:10
Well, I was going to find one verse to put on here, but in my search I kept finding more and more that were so beautiful, so I just put them all up. 🙂 Be sure to actually read them please! 🙂
In God’s Word, joyfulness is an important subject, just look at all the verses I put up there! And that’s just touching the surface! God’s Word is filled with references to Joy. Here are a few reasons why I believe Joy is important.
Being Joyful leads us to worship God
I don’t know about you, but when I am really joy filled, I can’t help but praise Jesus. He gives me Joy and this makes me want to sing and shout my praise back to Him. Having Jesus in our lives, gives us a new joy that only comes from Him. No thing, person, idea, or whatever can give us joy like Jesus does. Jesus fills our lives with joy and we give our joy back to him, by worshiping our Savior and King.
Being Joyful leads others to Jesus
Being Joyful is something you experience inwardly, but others can see the effects it has on your life outwardly. Like I said before, because Jesus is the only One who can give us this joy, it is different then the happiness most people will feel and exhibit. People will wonder why you are different. Why you are always smiling and happy. And YOU will have an opportunity to tell them.
Being Joyful in every season
This is hard. I will be the first to admit that when I face something hard, the first thing I feel is NOT joy. But that’s where joy and happiness differ. Joy does not depend on your circumstances, your feelings, or your needs and wants. Because Jesus gives us this joy, it never changes. Happiness fades away, it diminishes once your good circumstances are gone. But Jesus never changes, and He keeps filling us with joy even when we are going through hard times. This is a little hard to understand. I definitely do not know every thing on this subject, but I experience it.
This doesn’t mean you are going to be happy all the time. But I think that when we take time to actually ponder our circumstances in God’s eyes, and remember Jesus and the Joy he gives us, we are joyful. We are able to praise God. We are able to walk around with smiles on our faces. Why? Because Joy comes from Jesus, and Jesus NEVER changes.
I hope this encourages you to live joyfully!
Let’s talk! What are your thoughts on Joy? Do you know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior? Have you ever been asked why you are so happy? Let me know your thoughts, I’d love to hear from all of you.