JOY, it seems to be what we are all looking for, especially at Christmas, but do we really know what we are looking for?
My favorite coffee spot tells me it can be found in a cup! Dark, decadent espresso is poured slowly over rich and steamy almond milk. I must admit I am quite joyful as I see the two delicious tastes blend to form a frothy top! Then it gets even better! A small pump of vanilla is added followed by a delicious spicy blend of holidays spices! It is almost too good to be true! And it does make me very happy!
Unfortunately, that joy only lasts for a short time. And I am left wanting more.
Can you have JOY when your heart is breaking?
Can you have JOY when your plans don’t turn out?
Can you have JOY when you receive that diagnosis?
Can you have JOY when that person is missing from your Christmas table?
THE ANSWER IS, YES, YOU CAN!
True JOY does not come from our circumstances. It is not found in another person or position. It doesn’t even come from a cup or a cookie, even though momentary pleasure is found. When the cup is empty and the cookie only resembles crumbs, the momentary joy is gone.
True Joy can only be found in the foundation of a relationship with Jesus.
JOY did come at Christmas. It was not in a cup or mug, no matter how much whipped cream was added. It was not in the form of a Christmas cookie, no matter how many sprinkles were piled on top!
JOY came in a manger. JOY came in the form of a newborn baby. JOY came through Jesus!
JESUS IS THE JOY OF CHRISTMAS!
“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.’” Luke 2:10
We have JOY when we have JESUS! No matter the condition of our heart, no matter the state of our circumstances. When we have a relationship with the JOY of the world, our foundation is firm, our strength is sure, and our JOY IS FOUND IN HIM.
May you have a truly JOYFUL CHRISTMAS as you celebrate the JOY Himself, JESUS!
Speak Truth Love