Joy meaning as per definition is a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.
I would be keen to trigger your thoughts for few seconds on the recent factual happiness which you had felt it wholeheartedly.
Was it because of your long term desires coming to pass, accomplished any victory, Surroundings and people brings you the happiness( by meeting your expectations), financial benefits, healing ?
Recent days I have realized many of the times extreme happiness comes when our desires are met. Right time I was reminded of John Piper's quote " What is the deepest root of your joy? What God gives to you? Or What God is to you?" made me to think deeply and its also the reason for this post.
May be you have been longing for certain things to come to pass in your life. Waiting for a dream job, promotion,marriage, financial benefits, to be free from debt, free from long suffering sickness, to be blessed with a child, right opportunity to show your talents?. We have all gone through this stage some way or the other.
We would have been praying for this earnestly and sincerely waiting for God's provisions. It's not wrong but how do you really feel or react during your waiting period.?
Honestly I was not always happy during those times. I had ups and downs in my emotions when waiting for God's provisions and answers. Though i had complete faith in God, though i walked by faith and not by sight , i wasn't happy at all times and this question made me to think and realize my happiness was dependent on the outcome of my desires and prayers been answered.
So my focus was on supply not on the supplier(God). Was it not an embarrassing moment to be focused on what we get alone? I was reminded of the verse Philippians 4:4 -
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!".
Have we truly rejoiced during our afflictions? If not, let us learn to rejoice in all circumstances. Let our eyes be fixed on Jesus and not on the provisions.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually,18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
God bless you!..
In Christ alone