so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives. (NLT)
Today's devotion especially spoke to my heart. That satisfying joy comes with knowing and serving God. Living life surrendered to Him and with the power of the Holy Spirit brings with it the inexplicable joy that accompanies God's faithful love.
It is not a joy that the human heart can explain. It is not possible to understand. It is beyond belief - except through experiencing it.
It is not optimism - an attitude, a positive outlook on life. And it is a fantastic attitude to possess. A glass half full is no better than one half empty. But is is when one is an optimist. Joy, however, is more than an attitude that forces us to find the treasure hidden in every unfortunate circumstance.
The gift of living joyfully comes to us even when there is no hidden treasure to be found. Even in uncertainty, pain, unhappiness, fear, and unspeakable grief? Yes.
Being joyful is not reliant on being happy and content. It is to know Jesus Christ and walk in His Spirit. To live it is the only way to know it. Even then it is never fully understood. Praise God that it doesn't need to be.
Thank You, Lord, for the those who encourage through
their optimism. They are a blessing to our lives.
And thank You for the joy of walking in Your Spirit.
It is the blessing to our soul.