“You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” Psalm 16:11
Life seems to be more and more difficult right now. It is much easier to be unhappy than to have joy. Happiness means a state of well-being or contentment. Many times our happiness is based on our circumstances but joy is a deeper emotion and can have very little to do with circumstances.
We have recently been going through a difficult time. I can tell you at times it was very hard to be happy, but I found joy. The only way that is possible is when I focus more on Jesus, His plan, His purpose, and His way. The more I find time to be with Him and read His word the easier it is to find the peace and joy that only He gives.
As we continue to be faithful in our service we soon forget about what is going on in our lives. Each day is a new day and new opportunity for God to work on your situation. The promises God gives us in His word are what keep us going. When we read that “…He is always working…”, or “…He never slumbers or sleeps…” I know He is not giving up on me or my problem and He is at work on my situation. That can give us a new sense of joy. It teaches us that our joy is in Him and what He is able to do, not on what we need.
Thank you Jesus for your presence.
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