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Joy. How do you define joy?
Webster’s dictionary defines joy as “the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires.” This definition leaves something lacking, in my opinion.
Theopedia (an encyclopedia of Biblical Christianity) describes it more convincingly as “a state of mind and an orientation of the heart. It is a settled state of contentment, confidence and hope.” John Piper, pastor and author, writes, “Christian joy is a good feeling in the soul, produced by the Holy Spirit, as he causes us to see the beauty of Christ in the word and in the world.” Rick Warren adds his own definition: “Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright, and the determined choice to praise God in every situation.” Based on these definitions we can conclude that Joy is in fact a state of mind. It is a conscious decision to trust God, to be confident that if we abide in him, we can trust that everything is going to work out for the good of His kingdom in His perfect timing.
Joy is the reason Jesus was able to go to cross, despite feeling fear, pain and shame, “looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” -Hebrews 12:2
All this makes me stop and think, do I live with joy? Am I confident in God, my savior Jesus Christ to work all things for good in His perfect timing? I waver, I am not perfect, but I acknowledge this and I am working toward this kind of joy. Are you?