Years ago, I faced a difficult work situation which regularly brought me to tears. I tried hard to finish out my contract with strength and faith, but the trials often got to me. I looked for ways to cope.
On the way to my weekly meetings, I popped in Mandisa’s True Beauty CD. Hearing her up-tempo rendition of “Nothin’s Gonna Steal My Joy” always boosted my spirits. In the song’s bridge, Mandisa’s powerful soprano soars to mountain heights. Her mighty high note brought me right to the feet of God’s throne.
At God’s feet I remembered His sovereignty, might, and power. When I focused on God’s transcendence over my difficult situation, I found pockets of joy and thankfulness not available on the surface. They came from deep reservoirs of faith and Bible study.
Joy comes from a life of obedience, as today’s verse states. Walking closely with God and steeping myself daily in His Word leads me on the straight path of obedience, which I find delightful.
Those trying years are now past. I’ve faced even more significant trials since, and I’m facing a few right now. But I’ve learned the secret to coping with my trials: intently seeking joy every day. Joy is independent of my circumstances. It’s tied directly to who God is, and He never changes. My joy is tied to the promises made for me in God’s word right now, and tied to the future He is storing up for me in heaven.
I find joy in the little things, like morning birdsong and blossoming spring branches. I find joy in the larger things, like winning a recent writing contest and chasing my dreams. In my walk with God, new reasons for joy pop up daily, like the bright daffodils opening each day in my woods. Nothing can take that joy away from me, because it’s hidden in God’s presence.
I don’t know what kind of hard situation you’re facing today. But I do know the Holy Spirit will grant you the fruit of joy if you draw close to Him.
Questions for you:
In which area do you need joy the most?
How can joy-seeking lift your spirits?
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