I don’t know about you, but I am not often joyful, particularly living in a world that daily draws out our joy through situations, circumstances and events.
I know the situation that occasionally steals my joy and maybe yours is loneliness, singleness, emotional, marital, relational, career, financial, family, children, business and/or much more. Regardless of the joy stealer facing us, we must meditate and take comfort in the Word of God.
“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior”. (Habakkuk 3:17-18).
So, how do we maximize our joy in the face of life’s tribulations? We do this by:
- Focusing on Jesus – not our situations, circumstances or events. To be joyful requires an intentional state of mind. Remembering that Jesus is our source of joy here on earth and better still, in eternity to come.
- Meditating on God’s Word – The Bible is full of people like us who have faced situations that were not joyful. Nevertheless, we see the faithfulness of God in how He helped them. This should build our faith and give us hope because we are the Children of God, help awaits us too – a reason to be joyful in God our Savior.
- Praise and worship of the Most High God – Rather than ask God “Why Me?” If you are chronically human, as I am, this is often our immediate question. We should praise and worship God for the grace to endure our unjoyful situation and ask Him to use it as a testimony that will bring Him all the glory and honor.
Christ follower: take full advantage of the joy that Christ has provided for you, with the help of the Holy Spirit and don’t let Satan steal your joy. If you are currently not a Christ follower, the only fulfilling joy you will ever know is found in Jesus Christ – so come to Him!
All glory to God!
About The Author:
Agnes is a leader with proven business acumen in a variety of industries. She holds an executive MBA from the University of Hull, United Kingdom, and is also a Certified Meeting Planner (CMP). She is the author of Transforming Business with Godly Governance: Nine Characteristics for Workplace Success; God Cares for Me in Every Season: Godly Insights for Singleness, Marriage and Divorce; The Provisions of God: Insights from a Cat Named Mascot, and Weekly Insights for the Workplace: A Devotional for Christian Professionals
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