The Source of Our Joy

It has been said that life is what happens when plans fail.  In all seriousness, life has the tendency to become a little too tight.  We constantly feel it’s pressure, much like an ill-fitting shoe.  Time constraints and obligations tend to steal and rob of us peace and joy.  Either we can’t get to sleep or we only get a few hours, waking up in a panic!  This may sound simple, but we need to choose joy.  And there is a reason we can do that. Our hope is in Someone (God) and not in circumstances.  Consider these true-to-life circumstances that can drive us crazy. See if you can laugh them off:

  • A day without a crisis is a total loss.
  • The other line always moves faster.
  • Leakproof seals will. Interchangeable parts won’t!
  • Inside every large problem are a bunch of little ones struggling to get out.
  • Whatever hits the fan will not be evenly distributed.
  • Friends come and go, but enemies accumulate.
  • The repairman will never have seen a model quite like yours before.
  • Any tool dropped while repairing a car will roll underneath to the exact center.
  • No matter how long or hard you shop for an item, after you’ve bought it, it will be on sale somewhere cheaper.
  • There’s never time to do it right, but there’s always time to do it over.
  • You will remember you forgot to put the trash out front when the garbage truck is two doors away and you’re in the shower.
  • If you try to please everybody, nobody will like it.
  • The chance of the bread falling with the peanut butter and jelly side down is directly proportional to the cost of the carpet.
  • The light at the end of the tunnel is the headlamp of an oncoming train.
  • When a broken appliance is demonstrated for the repairman, it will work perfectly.
  • Not until you get home from the party will you realize you have a string of spinach in your teeth.
  • There is a committee somewhere right now planning your future, and you were not invited to the meeting.

There are hundreds more, but after looking at this list and choosing to laugh instead of scream makes me feel better already!

How can we look at life with Joy? Psalm 36:5-10 tells us:

5Thy mercy, O LORD, [is] in the heavens; [and] thy faithfulness [reacheth] unto the clouds. 6Thy righteousness [is] like the great mountains; thy judgments [are] a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast. 7How excellent [is] thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. 8They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. 9For with thee [is] the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light. 10 O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart.

We need to remember God’s faithfulness to us.  There is no place his faithfulness cannot reach and that fountain never runs dry!  Notice the Psalmist says that his faithfulness extends to the clouds.  No matter where you are, God’s faithfulness is renewed to and reaches you!

We need to remember God rescues us.  The word preservest is “yasha” it means to save, deliver, help, defend and rescue.  It means we know that through God we can be safe!  We were saved from sin, we are being saved (preserved) presently and we will be saved in the future from the wrath to come.  Our hope should be in the Lord, knowing He is our help and salvation.  When life is difficult, remember, God is our help in every trouble.

We need to remember God loves us.  The Bible tells us that his lovingkindness is “excellent.”  The word used there for excellent means costly, valuable, precious, highly valued, and rare.  God’s love for us certainly was costly, He gave his only Son to die for our sins.  In Romans it tells us that God demonstrated his love toward us while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  We also ought to highly value God’s love in that it motivates us for service.

Remember these great attributes of our Heavenly Father?  When we trust in Him, we will be abundantly satisfied!  The theme song of a life apart from God is, “I can’t get no satisfaction.”  The theme song of the saints is “Abundantly Satisfied.”  In John 10, we are reminded that the thief comes to steal kill and destroy.  Jesus came to give us life… more abundantly.  So when life seems to be going all wrong, choose joy!