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Joy is the buoy that keeps us afloat in trials.
I hate it when life sucks. I hate when bad things happen to good people. It stinks when life zigs and you were expecting a zag.
But, there’s good news. There is Joy is in the crappy situations for you.
Seriously, joy. It’s not necessarily easy to spot, but it’s there.
We are promised that trials will come in this life. Yay! sarcasm This promise is not #1 on the list of top promises in the Bible. Jesus made sure we are aware and not caught off-guard that even though we believe in Him we will have trials and difficulties. He looks out after us. He also made sure that we know that trials will come but He has already overcome this world. There’s the joy! We can make it through any difficulty as long as we remember He’s already won!
33 I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]
John 16:33, Amplified
So, how does joy help me “float” during trials? The kind of joy that we possess isn’t a worldly type of joy. It’s the Heavenly type of joy. It’s the kind that stays the same.
Here’s how I picture it. Imagine being in some whitewater rapids. Like big ones. Class 5. Here’s the catch: you’re not in a raft. You’re actually in the water. The rapids are life’s circumstances. Being in this would really stink if you didn’t have a life jacket. But, you do! Joy. Joy is the life jacket! You’re going to get wet. You may even get knocked around some, but you won’t drown.
3 But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.
Psalm 3:3, ESV