An animated character that expresses enthusiastic emotion – recently re-watched movie.
Intangible, hard to reach.
Related to happiness, but the more dependable sister.
Strong roots, digging deep, energy to push through.
Warmth and light and laughter for the day.
Second fruit of the Spirit right behind Love – and after all, God is Love. Who is Joy?
“22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23).
A regular in God’s palace – pairing with strength as a dynamic duo.
“Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and joy are in his place” (1 Chronicles 16:27).
The leaders drove this point home Israel came home to Jerusalem and began to obey the law of God again: “And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10).
Yet joy is sometimes hard to find. The theme of Psalms is joy clashing with despair. In the end, God always reigns – “joy comes with the morning” (Psalm 30:5).
The flash of truth in the heart – a light-bulb moment, and joy is born.
And at Christmas?
I don’t find joy in the running, overeating, rapid gift-wrapping.
It is the people, the hope, the wonder of knowing God who loved enough to bring joy to the darkness of the world.
And it is here to stay. Praise be to God.
And God, please help joy to not just be a spark that goes out when I get worried. Please help me to be joyfully looking to You: grace, glory, mercy, majesty, love, hope, faith, and joy. To You be the glory, Amen.