Joy is the fuel of hope

Posted on October 31, 2016 · Posted in Godward Orientation, Wisdom

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In our deep sadness we are rescued by joy.

Joy is the reality of knowing God.
Joy transcends the moment and extends into eternity.
Joy does not fade but endures.
Joy alone makes sense of the pain of life.
Joy is the certain knowledge that what is unseen is more vast than what is seen.
Joy is the fuel of hope.
Joy means your circumstances are opportunities to honor your God.
Joy is the evidence that you are never truly lost.
Joy means you are not limited by a sin-cursed world.
Joy means that you can love when you are hurt.
Joy means that you can live for God when death surrounds you.
Joy is knowing that God has numbered your days.
Joy made the cross possible!
“…For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

Joyfulness is believing that God will work all things together for my good, so I never have to despair. I can be joyful even when I am sad.

Here is a prayer for joyfulness that will bless you and your children:

O Father, thank you that Jesus died to take away sin and sadness and that you always care for me. Help me to be joyful, even in times when I am sad. Thank you that everything you do is good and right. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
From Get Wisdom! by Ruth Younts.

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.