…. ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. (John 16:24b)
It is hard to imagine that the great God who breathes out stars (Psalms 33:6), and has the earth as His footstool (Isaiah 66:1) will have time for anything smaller than that. Yet, time and again we find in the Bible how He cares so much for us humans who are nothing but dust. He places us in His heart.
Even in tiny little details of our lives, God takes interest. May your heart be filled with delight that our God is a personal God. So personal that at a wedding of an insignificant person, no name was ever mentioned, He was willing to take care of their shortage of wine. Once Jesus healed the bleeding woman, upon whom others looked down. No one wanted to associate with her, but Jesus stopped what He was doing to talk with her and bless her.
In the wilderness when God was leading the Israelites into the Promised Land, He made sure they had provision. He rained down bread from heaven, called it manna and sent them quails to eat for meat.
During Jesus’ life on earth, He wept with those who mourned, visited the sick, fed the hungry, and took time with little children.
It should not surprise us then when you read the above verses that He cares even for our joy. Yes, the God of Heaven, the King of Kings wants to see us overflowing with joy.
We read in Galatians 5:22 that the second fruit of the Spirit mentioned right after love is “joy”. When we partake of the Spirit of the Lord, we will have joy. In His presence is fullness of joy; at His right hand there are pleasures forever more. (Psalm 16:11) When we are in the presence of God, when we walk with Him daily, our faces should emanate joy – joy to the full. Smiles should shine on our faces as a result of the reassuring knowledge that….
….. we can depend on God because He never changes. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.
….. we are not alone for He will be with us always, even unto the ends of the earth.
….. we can run to Him and be saved for He is our refuge.
….. He will hear us when we speak.
….. He will answer us when we call.
….. no one can be against us if He is for us.
… no one shall take us away because we are in the strong hands of our loving Shepherd.
….. if we do seek Him, good things will not be lacking in our lives.
….. the great God, at whose voice the earth melts, loved us so much that He had sent His Son, His only Son, to die in our place so that we may live and have abundant life, so that we may be His children and He maybe unto us a Father.
Should this be enough to remind us that the “life in the presence of God” is, in fact, the “life overflowing with joy“?
What then should keep you from beaming with the ‘joy’ entitled to you when you are with Christ?
Jesus said “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” (John 15:11)
Written By Kate