John 15:11 “These things I have spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.”
I like this picture of a child, full of joy, enjoying her day. Some days we just wish to be a child again and be so carefree.
I know that we all have things in our life that take away from our joy. Life is not always pleasant, the rain falls on the just and the unjust. But no matter what our circumstances we can have joy in our hearts, because we know that the Lord is in control of every part of our life. And we can trust Him completely to bring us through. The Scripture tells us that He was tempted in all points as we are, and He knows just what we need even before we ask.
So the sun may not always be shining, the sky may not always be blue, but behind the clouds is the rainbow of His love. The Psalmist said, “weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.
As we show an attitude of joy even in the midst of sorrow or trouble, the world will see Jesus shining through us.
When the world looks at you, do they see Jesus?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we know true joy only comes from you. As we put you first and others next, let joy flow though us to others.
Devotion by Anne Johnston