Biblically, it is an attitude that God’s people adopt, not because of good circumstances but because of God’s love and promises. It’s our future destiny, not our current struggles that determine our joy as we anticipate our future redemption. But joy isn’t about ignoring the negative aspects of life, but rather it’s a profound decision of faith and hope in Jesus’ life and love.
Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand. Don’t be anxious for anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God that passes all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4–7)
- Biblical “joy” offers a unique perspective. We do not have joy and hope because everything is great all the time, but because we have ultimate trust in God’s love and promises.
- The joy of God’s people is not based on their current circumstances, but on their ultimate destiny.
- Even though the earliest Christians suffered for proclaiming Jesus’s resurrection, they had joy (Acts 13:49-52).
- When you place your faith in Jesus Christ you will have true joy and hope even through even the greatest trials.
Talk About It
- Who is a particularly joyful person you know? Why do you think they are so joyful?
- “We do not have joy and hope because everything is great all the time, but because we have ultimate trust in God’s love and promises.” Explain why you agree or disagree with this statement. If you have any examples, share one.
- ‘For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. ‘ Hebrews 12:2-3. How could Jesus have had “joy” in this situation? What does this teach us?
John Piper defines the word Joy