“The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.” Proverbs 10:28
I’ve Got the Joy
We are now halfway through Advent and the anticipation of Christmas Eve is building! If you are celebrating with an Advent wreath and candles, you may be wondering why this week’s candle is pink and not red like the others. The answer is simple. It’s the happy candle. Meant to stand out. Meant to say, “let’s party.” Meant to say, “this is good news.”
Abraham Lincoln once said that if every person who had fallen asleep during church on Sunday was laid out end to end they would be a lot more comfortable. We can definitely forget there is a difference between a religious service, which can sometimes be less than inspiring, and experiencing Jesus, which is always a blast. Jesus said He came to earth to give us life and life abundant (John 10:10). In the midst of a broken world and in the midst of our own challenges, Jesus has promised us joy. A biblical definition of joy is: solid, unmoved internal satisfaction that Jesus is bigger than this world, my struggles and my emotions….and my life is in His hands.
Do you have joy? What areas of your life are ruled by feelings (which go up and down every day) instead of steadfast joy? Take some time today to exercise the joy promised to the righteous people of God in every area of your life. Then celebrate until your emotions arrive there as well.
By Van Vandegriff, Family Pastor