Full Joy Andy Hollifield 11-27-16
I mentioned John 16:24 in my writing yesterday and that got me to thinking further about joy. I pondered on the thought all day about our joy being full. According to the verse above, it was Christ’s desire that our joy be full and also that his joy “might remain” according to John 15:11. The psalmist said in Psalms 35:9 “And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation.” Regardless of our circumstances our soul can be joy-ful, full of joy because of HIS salvation. Salvation simply means “the state of being saved or protected from harm, risk, loss, etc…”. The theological definition is “deliverance from the power and penalty of sin”. That means that it is not something we could achieve on our own but it had to be done for us by someone capable of doing it. That is exactly what Christ did for us when he saved us; delivered us from the power and penalty of sin. With that in mind, how can we not be joyful? The word “joy” is in the bible 165 times in 155 verses. Joyful 25 times, joyous 4 times, and happy 28 times. If God mentioned these words that many times, it is likely he wanted us to get it. Throughout the book of Psalms he gives us the command to “make a joyful noise” unto him. Mourn, mourning, sad, sadness, and despair all combined only total 111 times in the bible. Based on the number of times mentioned, which emotion or attitude should be dominant in our lives? In mountain language: God don’t want us to run around “pooch-mouthed” with our lip dragging the ground saying “woe is me” all the time. That kind of poor attitude will only serve to show that we have a God that is incapable of taking care of us. We are not going to win the lost with that kind of attitude. Who would want a God like that? Just like the apostle Paul told Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:12 “…I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” I have become persuaded by my personal history of all the times God has delivered me out of seemingly impossible situations and circumstances. With a God like that; how can I not be joyful? We like to indulge in worry. It seems to be a hobby with most of us. The bible also says repeatedly, especially in Psalms, “Blessed is the man that trusteth in thee (Psalms 84;12).
In closing, I want to give you a little side-note on “worry”. The word “worry” is not in the bible! Think about it. What does that tell you? Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!