There are lots of things in life that can make us feel happy or are fun to do. For example, eating chocolate, listening to music and riding my motorbike are things which make me happy and are a lot of fun, although not necessarily all at the same time.
However, the things we look to for fun or happiness are always limited or short-lived. A chocolate bar doesn’t last very long and I’m left wanting more. The song I’m listening to finishes too quickly. So I listen to it over and over again, but then it starts to get boring and I want to listen to something different. My motorbike rides always come to an end, or with this weather it can start to rain, neither of which are a lot of fun.
When the Bible talks about joy, it means more than having fun or feeling happy. The kind of joy we read about in the Bible is something much deeper and longer-lasting.
For example, Psalm 149:4,5 says,
The people who wrote the Bible found a deep and lasting joy in the faith that God saves us. In the New Testament we see God’s saving work in Jesus. Because of what Jesus did for us in his life, death and resurrection, God is happy with us, even when we get things wrong. God heals our brokenness, frees us from guilt, fear and shame, and gives us a life that is stronger than death.
For so many reasons, God can give us deep and lasting joy. Even when life is hard or messy, when things aren’t fun or we’re not feeling happy, we can still find joy through faith in God’s saving work in Jesus.
I thank God for the happiness and fun he gives us in so many ways, such as chocolate, music and motorbikes. However, Jesus is the one who can give us deep and lasting joy.
God’s peace and joy be with you and your families