December 18, 2016
Advent of Joy
We don’t always feel joy in our daily lives, our hearts may be heavy, and our struggle with our circumstances may be robbing God’s plan for our joy. How do we face life’s obstacles and maintain our joy? James gives us a clue in James 1:2-3 that a “robust” joy is not based primarily on our circumstances. Our pain cannot just be ignored however, it is deep and it is real, we must receive comfort first (Proverbs 25:20). With a mended heart we can align our priorities with those of our Savior’s and take stock of the amazing and life changing gift that we have been given in Christ (Psalm 51:11-12). “The joy of our salvation” can sustain us and our joy and hope don’t need to be dependent on our circumstances any longer.
We exhort you as Paul did (Philippians 4:4-7) to rejoice in the Lord always. As we shore up our love and faith and take stock God’s salvation of our souls we will in time bear the fruit of inexpressible joy (1 Peter 1:8-9).