When we think of joy we tend to think of an emotion that comes and goes depending on our circumstances. But the Bible talks a lot about joy, and it never ties joy to our circumstances. In fact, it talks about having joy in real, everyday life – even when life is hard.
Today’s #ScriptureSaturday reminds us that the joy we find in God is different from the fleeting and circumstantial happiness we are tempted to pursue. To live with true joy and peace, trusting God with the present and the future, is a counter-cultural feat that can be accomplished only through abiding in him.
Psalm 16:8-9 (NIV) 8 I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. 9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure,
- 1 Chronicles 29:11-13 (NLT)
- Psalm 31:7 (NIV)
- 2 Corinthians 6:10 (NLT)
- Jeremiah 15:16 (GNB)
- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)