Joy: Impossible or Achievable

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 Joy: Impossible or Achievable

By: Audrey Ellen

Key Verse:
1 Peter 1: 8-9, “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” (NIV)


I love the idea of “inexpressible and glorious joy” but it seems impossible to achieve. You get a call, a friend just got into a bad car wreck, grandparents are sick, you and your mom just got into a fight, and to top it off you just got made fun of for inviting some friends to youth group, again. Right now your life isn’t feeling so joyous.
           

1 Thessalonians 5:16 says, “Be joyful always;” to be able to receive this “glorious joy”.  This verse says ALWAYS be joyful, not “when times are good”, or “when I feel like it.” Always!


Even if you grasp this concept there’s still a major problem. When life is throwing itself at you and you're trying to find joy in the hard situations, it’s hard to be joyful.  Thankfully, God gave us a reason to be joyful that fits every situation, “for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”


God never told us that life would be easy; He simply gave us a reason to look beyond our sorrow. Genesis 29:20 says, “So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but it seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.”


Think of eternity with Jesus. If we love our God as much as Jacob loved Rachel, then this life of hard times will be joyful because of what is to come. Joy isn’t dwelling on the situation at hand; it’s looking above and saying, “Lord, I can’t wait to see you.  My love for you is more than my sorrow, and I may rejoice and be joyful!”


Prayer:
Heavenly Father, help me to look forward to seeing you one day and to remember your gift of eternal life when times are tough. May I be joyful and bring you praise! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

GO DEEPER:

Ponder:  James 1: 2, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,” (NIV) Habakkuk 3:18, “yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” (NIV)


Read:  The love story of Jacob and Rachel in Genesis 29.




Share: Do you think with much perseverance you can achieve “glorious joy”? Or do you think it an impossible goal to reach?
Apply:  Take some note cards and write some verses about joy or simple phrases to remind you to be joyful, then put where you will see them every day!

Meet our RadRev writer Audrey! You've read Audrey's great devos before. Audrey Ellen loves riding horses and anything orange! She has a passion to see teens understand how important they are to a forever loving God! She firmly believes that God has a special plan in store for everyone, which is why Jeremiah 29:11 and Joshua 1:9 are her favorite verses!
 

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Lilla said...

We all go through trials, but joy come from the spirital growth that we all need, it also developes character, Godly character, testing is a way God determines that He can trust us to do His work. Then the joy comes when He is please with us. yeah!

grandma Lilla

Anonymous Lilla said...

Good job Audrey Ellen

Anonymous Stephanie said...

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