Because The Joy Of The Lord…
Saleama A. Ruvalcaba
When I would hear people talk about the joy of the Lord, I always considered it a time of happiness. I thought about a life where everything was going well. As an early Christian, I was angry at God when things went wrong, (which was all the time) and I sat waiting for the day when I would feel the same joy everyone else was feeling.
As I continued to grow as a Christian, I saw something in other godly women that really spoke to me; joy has nothing to do with circumstances. Rather, it has more to do with our faith, trust, and love for Jesus Christ despite our circumstances.
Because we are people who are so accustomed to doing and making things happen on our own, we feel hopeless when we can’t solve a problem, and thus lose our joy. But there is tremendous joy knowing our dependence comes completely from Him.
If you’ve ever heard of St. Francis of Assisi, you’ll know he deliberately chose a life of poverty so he could devote his entire life to serving God. When I say poverty, I do not mean he lived in scum, instead I mean he lived with no material possession. He did not live his life toiling for things, instead he allowed God to provide for his daily needs while he shared the gospel with others. When his friends would see him, they wondered why he was always so happy.
His happiness came from his total dependence on God- and God provided for him every single day.
Can you image that? We make our own accomplishments through hard work, but I am willing to bet we do not demonstrate the same kind of joy and happiness St. Francis of Assisi demonstrated. There is something so wonderful about seeing God work directly in your life every day. There is great joy in allowing Jesus Christ to be the center, and not our circumstances.
I’m not suggesting we live a lazy life. I am suggesting we live a life full of godly wisdom, allowing His provisions to take care of us. That is when we will see true joy.
Do you have true joy for the Lord?
Nehemiah 8:10 “Then he said to them, “Go and eat what is rich, drink what is sweet, and send portions to those who have nothing prepared, since today is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, because the joy of the Lord is your stronghold.”