Joy: a) the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires. (Webster's)
Joy: the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright, and the determined choice to praise God in every situation. (Kay Warren, "The Definition of Joy")
Personally, the first definition of joy makes me chuckle a little. How fleeting are ALL of those things: well-being, success, good fortune, the prospect of possessing what one desires. And what happens when we reach those goals and subsequently lose them? Because we all know how life is. What happens when we lose our job? What happens when a family member passes away unexpectedly? What happens when we finally obtain the newest fad, only to realize we are still searching?
I don't want my joy to be based on things; I want it to be based on someone. And not just anyone, but the ultimate One- God. That's why I love Kay's definition of joy.
A remembrance that God is in control: Romans 8:28.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
A quiet confidence: Philippians 4:11-13
I am not saying this because I am in need for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation. whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
A determination to choose to praise God: Romans 12:12
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
This holiday season, I pray you are encouraged to place your joy in Jesus, because as our life fluctuates, he is our constant source of comfort and peace.
"The peace and fulfillment of Jesus is literally so good that your bank account can be empty, your body be sick and your heart be broken, but it can always be well with your soul." -Carl Lentz
Written by Angela, Program Director at Club Christ.
She enjoys coffee every morning, binge-watching shows on Netflix, and learning to cook. Her favorite Bible verse is Ephesians 3:20- “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”