Trusting God

Found: Joy

Some time last year, I was chatting with a woman from my church. She had said to me, “I don’t know you well. And, forgive me if I’m wrong, but I saw you the other day, and it seemed by your face that there’s just something heavy on your heart.” She really took a risk by saying that. Like she said, we didn’t know each other well, and I could’ve just given her a canned “Everything is fine” answer and avoided crossing her path in the future. But, in her words, she was attempting to reach out when my facial expression that she had noticed before probably said, “Please leave me alone.” I praise God that this sister in The Lord was willing to step out of her comfort zone in order to be used by Him.

Thank you, Target.This conversation got me thinking. What do I look like when I’m out and about, doing what I usually do? Do I look sad? Mad? Distressed? What does my countenance say to the outside world? Moreover, what does my countenance say about the state of my heart? Is the external an accurate reflection of the internal?

I have to admit that at the time that this woman approached me, I was going through a great deal of inner turmoil. In other words, I had no joy.

What is joy? It is not merely a giggly, happy, smiley demeanor. Although true joy can result in these outward manifestations, it must be rooted in something far deeper.

“You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

(Psalm 16:11)

According to this verse, complete and perfect joy is found in The Lord. There was my answer. Joy had seemed out of my reach because I was not spending time with my Lord.

Even though I was reading the Word and teaching the Bible to my kids, serving in my church and praying for others, meeting with other women and offering biblical counsel . . . even though I was doing all these spiritual activities, I know I was not in the presence of my God. I know because when trials came, I was in despair. I know because when conflicts arose, I responded in my flesh. I know because I had no joy.

Do you have true joy today? Are you busy with “church” but feel far from the Head of the church? He has invited you. He has torn the veil in two so that you may boldly enter in. Come and approach the throne of grace, where joy and pleasures have no end.

 

(Photo credit: Jennifer Gaillard)

33 thoughts on “Found: Joy”

  1. I love this one! A time or two (or a million) I’ve been reminded that my face says more than I realize. As a sign language interpreter I know why it does (I cultivated that communication for years), and I know how people read it for meaning (just like I would). *sigh*

    As someone mentioned above… When my circumstances take the back seat to my joy in Christ, I think I’m headed in the right direction. 😉

    1. I’m not very good at hiding behind a mask of happiness, though I try to. It’s God’s mercy because then, He’ll bring someone to me, like the woman in my story, who has the courage to confront me. And, there’s always my husband, who will tell me what I need to hear. Thank you for your comment, sister!

  2. Hello there! Thank you for stopping by my blog. I loved this post! He is our true Joy. This Joy is not tied to pleasant circumstances but tied to who God is. Praise God! Because that means no matter what circumstance I find myself in, I can find Joy!

  3. We hear this so often at my church and I feel I am stuck in the “church” instead of being stuck on God it is so easy to stray to this !

    1. Thank you for your comment! We need to be part of the church body life. And we need to be abiding in Christ. My experience has been the danger of being too busy with ministry that personal communion with The Lord suffers. Eventually, by God’s mercy, I crash because I’m unable to continue to impart to others what I am not first receiving by sitting at the Lord’s feet.

  4. God bless you for your honesty. I’m very much a fan of being realistic within our faith, for it is then that the empowerment of the Spirit really kicks in!
    Mmmm…I shall boast in my weaknesses all the more that Christs power will be made perfect… comes to mind! Hallelujah!
    Great post sister (as usual)
    X x

  5. It is the fullness of Christ in our heart, mind, and soul that make our joy complete in the Lord !! I am reminded of this scripture…
    John 15:10-12… “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. 12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (NKJV)

    Blessings in Christ, bruce

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