These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. John 15:11
There is nobody who hasn’t experienced joy. Maybe in a small way, maybe because of a short experience, but we have all had this experience. The world offers us more than enough ways to ‘find’ joy. But all of these are just ‘experiences,’ here today and in all probabilities, gone tomorrow.
What Jesus offers is something that is deeper and lasting. This is not a fleeting emotion but a state of being. It is something that is not smothered by the storms that we face, nor is dependent on the achievements that we obtain. It is something that becomes so much a part of your spirit. So, even when the dark clouds seems to darken your life, joy will always be there in the morning.
This is what the Bible calls the joy of the Lord in Nehemiah 8. The Israelites had just returned to Jerusalem from exile. They were listening to the law being read by Ezra the priest. As the Word reached their ears and their hearts, they realized how sinful they had been and mourned feeling condemned. But even in this situation, they were encouraged to find strength in the “joy of the Lord” and see the situation as the Lord saw it. He was filled with joy because He had His people come back!
When we see with the eyes of the Lord and comprehend with His understanding, our perspective of life changes. We would have the confidence that the promises of the Lord are yea and amen. When the Word says, “in ALL things, the Lord works for the GOOD of those who love Him.” Though the sorrow may last for the night, HIS JOY is what will fill our hearts.