Joy Unspeakable

by Scott Williams
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Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him
not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable
and full of glory - 1 Peter 1:8



It is a Biblical truth that Christians should be the most joyous people on the face of the planet. Of all the billions inhabiting this terrestrial sphere, Christians are the only ones who have a promised hope, a foundation of faith in Christ and glory awaiting. More than other aspects of life, the enemy desires to rob our joy and fulfillment during this journey through earth. This being the case, we must be ever vigilant to guard our joy.

It is merely a misunderstanding that joy is equivalent to happiness. This is certainly a cause for confusion in the way the Lord calls us to operate. Happiness is nothing more than an emotion produced as a response to the circumstances in our life. Although emotions are good, they cannot be allowed to be the masters of our life. Joy, on the other hand, is far greater than happiness, for it is built upon an unshakable and unchanging foundation of joy’s Author Himself. Contrary to mere happiness, joy is that constant, calm delight which is based not on the changing circumstances of life but on the promises God has provided. It is this joy which enabled Christ, as He was walking His road of suffering, to know that which He did was “for the joy set before Him.”

Joy was an ever present characteristic found amidst the work of Christ and His disciples. Even in the face of great persecution, Paul would say, “I have been filled with comfort, I overflow with joy on all our trouble. [2 Co 7:4]” No matter what the circumstances that come our way, we must hold on to joy and remain in that constant state of rejoicing before the Lord. Nehemiah 8:10 reminds us that “the joy of the Lord is your strength.” When we overflow with the unspeakable joy Christ brings, we are strengthened to stand amidst this world of trouble. As we walk forth, let us be reminded that joy is found not in the worthless and temporary trappings of the world but the solid foundation of Jesus Christ.

“The Christian’s joy is bound up with love to Jesus: its ground is faith; it is not therefore either self-seeking or self-sufficient”
~Steiger~


 
 
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