What Does The Bible Say About Joy?
The Christian life calls for hard work. It is necessary to give up whatever endangers our relationship with God, to run with endurance, and struggle against sin with the power of the Holy Spirit. To live soundly we must keep our eyes on Jesus. We may stumble if we look away from him, and perhaps fall if we look back at ourselves and our circumstances surrounding us. To do this we should certainly run for Christ, always keeping him in our sight.
James didn’t say IF he said WHENEVER we face trials. The point he’s making is not to pretend to be happy when we face pain, but to have a positive outlook if you will, and what it can produce in our lives, such as perseverance and endurance.
What’s The Difference Between Happiness And Joy?
Pastor Jack Wellman tells us there is a difference between joy and happiness. “The Bible never promises happiness to the believer.” He goes on to say “Happiness is temporary based on happenings. While joy is from the Lord and can be experienced during trials, suffering, and tests. So, joy is permanent, happiness is fleeting.” https://www.patheos.com/blogs/christiancrier/2014/04/22/top-7-inspirational-bible-verses-about-joy-with-commentary/
Biblical joy comes from our knowledge and understanding of the purpose of life, and the hope of living with God for eternity (Psalm 16:11). Joy is a sign that life has found its purpose (John 6:44). Joy comes from God, not of the world. Pure joy is very clear and represents an example of the kind of “ jump for joy”, or “ shout for all to hear joy” that we have found life’s purpose of living with God for eternity.
Psalm 126 is one I frequently reflect upon. “ Our mouths were filled with laughter,our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was among the nations, “ The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord Has Done great things for us, and we are filled with Joy.” (vs 2-3)(NIV). Not only do God and laughter go together, but God and joy too.
If you are facing a trial right now, know that it will end. Sometimes we must be patient as we wait. God’s great harvest of joy is coming.
Reflection: What changes (If any) do you need to make to have pure Joy? What details do you need to consider about any trials? What can you pray about regarding any specific situation?