Written by Bethany Snyder
"You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore." - Psalm 16:11
With all the things going on in the world today, it can seem hard to keep your sanity, let alone to be joyful over the circumstances. But joy doesn't work like that, thank goodness! Joy comes directly from the Father, from those who trust and hope in Him more than they trust and hope in what is seen around them. It's almost like a spark inside of your spirit!
There was a time in my life where I was mistaking happiness for joy. I had my life all together, financially I was doing quite well, I had a job with people I enjoyed being around, I had a great guy in my life, and so I was HAPPY.. but whenever things started turning for the worse and not going the way I planned I fell a part pretty fast. I felt like I couldn't shake my disappointment, I felt like I had nothing to hope for and that there was nothing I could do about fixing it all. I felt like God had left me - even though deep down I know He promises that He never will -and I just couldn't get myself to worship Him. I was distracted by the mess of it all.
My mom was always my voice of reason, though. Her faith was her foundation. And through every financial struggle, romantic struggle, or frustration with someone she encouraged me to always remember that He is with me no matter what. She told me to pray or she'd give me one of her books to read (even thought I didn't always want to read them!) I felt like God was telling me to start waking up in the morning and putting on joy, much like the Bible calls for us to put on love. Not in some fake way, but it had to come through me believing He is always good! It was a tough process; 'putting on joy' wasn't as delightful as it sounds. But God was with me every step of the way as I allowed Him to take my hurt and turn it into something that helped me to grow up.
So I want to encourage you today to put on joy: and every other day, too! To let your faith speak louder than stuff, and know that you can have joy that gives you the strength to literally laugh at trials and turmoil, and that can cause you to sing and dance right on through your hurt!
James 1:2, John 16:24, Romans 14:17, 1 Thessalonians 5:20, Psalm 33:21, Psalm 126:5, 1 Peter 1:8-9
Listen to "In Your Light" by Jeremy Riddle of Bethel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GkBaXle3r4