WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22
“Always be full of joy in the Lord.”
Philippians 4:4 (NLT2)
JOY IN JESUS
A man was talking to his friend and he said you look worried. He said I am worried. My wife is expecting a child. And he said, well what is to be worried about? He said, well, the first time she was expecting a child I was reading the book, ”The Tale of Two Cities” and she had twins. He said the second time she was expecting a child I was reading ”The Three Musketeers” and she had triplets. He said, now she is expecting again and I am reading the book, ”The Birth of a Nation.” He said I don’t know what is going to happen!
People have said if husbands had to deliver babies instead of wives no family would have more than one child. Delivering a baby can be one of the most painful experiences ever but also one of the most joyful. After hours of labor and pushing when a mother finally gets to hold her newborn the room fills with joy. In that moment she isn’t necessarily joyful about the process of delivery, but her joy is in the relationship with that newborn.
In Philippians 4 we are given the major key to experiencing joy all the time. The key to unwavering joy is in our relationship with Jesus. It’s knowing who Jesus is and how we relate to Him. John MacArthur writes, “Knowledge of God is the key to rejoicing. Those who know the great truths about God find it easy to rejoice; those with little knowledge of Him find it difficult to rejoice.”
The prophet Habakkuk wrote, “Though the fig tree should not blossom And there be no fruit on the vines, Though the yield of the olive should fail And the fields produce no food, Though the flock should be cut off from the fold And there be no cattle in the stalls, Yet I will exult in the LORD, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.” (Habakkuk 3:17-18)
We rejoice not in our situation but in our Savior, not in circumstances, but in Christ. Sometimes you cannot rejoice in anything else, but you can rejoice in the Lord. If we want to experience this type of joy, we must grow in our knowledge of who God is and how He wants to relate to us. This involves Bible study, prayer, fellowship with other believers as well as times of solitude alone with God. Which of these areas do you need the most growth in? Ask God to help you grow that area.