JOY - defined as a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.
Maybe you felt JOY at the birth of your child or grandchild (since the sleepless nights would belong to someone else).
JOY is different from just being happy! It is more than the happiness you feel when your favorite sports team wins. I am sure that Mary was happy but also truly experienced JOY at the birth of her child.
Did the shepherds feel JOY when the angel reassured them “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “For I bring you good news that will bring great JOY to all people.” No, they initially experienced fear but the promise of JOY was too good to pass up.
So, they bought in.
They got happy and then JOYful as they experienced the birth of the savior. Their JOY couldn’t help but “spill out” when they saw the baby. They had to tell others!
You see, real joy, has to spill out! Isaiah 55:12 reads: You will live in JOY and peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands! See – JOY cannot be contained.
There is no JOY like the JOY of knowing that we will have eternal life when we accept Christ and live for Him. The fruit of the spirit includes JOY!
And the Wise men experienced JOY when they visited baby Jesus.
Matthew 2:10-11 “when they saw the star, they were overJOYed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. They then opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh”.
As you reflect on advent, the coming of our Savior as a baby, reflect not just on how he came but how he died for you.
Let the JOY overwhelm your soul.
Don’t contain it!
Let it spill out all over the place!
Celebrate with JOY!
PRAYER: Our heavenly Father, be with us now. As we wait; as we pause; as we reflect on this season of JOY, let us be JOYous and rejoice as we celebrate what you have done for each of us. Let JOY spill out all over the place! Amen.
(written by Cindy Young)