“You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound” (Psalm 4:7).
Joy is something that should be a basic part of our personality as a Christian. If you are like me, a person who occasionally dwells on the sad side of life, keeping joy as a consistent part of your personality can take a lot of effort.
I have studied joy in other people and I have observed some interesting things about it. Joy in a person’s heart does not necessarily result from happy circumstances.
I have seen joy in the faces of people who are out of work, cast away from their families and absent from home. I have seen joy in people whose economic situations are hard and whose children are in rebellion.
Where does their joy come from? What do they have to be happy about?
Products manufactured to give people joy are endless. People use movies, bars, fantasy games, the Internet and drugs to counterfeit real joy.
In my study of joy, I have learned good news! No matter what our circumstances may be, we can base our joy on the truth of these facts:
—We have a wonderful heavenly Father who will be with us in every part of our lives.
—He is our faithful Companion.
—He wants the best for us.
—He promises He will never let our circumstances be too much for us. And, when our earthly life is over, He will take us to live in His house forever.
What do you need to have joy? A firm understanding of truth!
Kimberly Snider is a missionary to the Philippines.
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