I’m joining #FiveMinuteFriday over at Kate Motaung’s place. The word prompt is JOY. Below is five minutes of free flow writing. The words START and STOP indicate where the timer started and ended. Go!
“Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.”
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Tragedies have become the norm. Political unrest is spread abroad our nation. Our Economy is wavering. Even in the church, there is a great falling away. Many who were once faithful to God and his church have fallen by the wayside.
Why? Here in our nation, we seek happiness. We pursue it because we have been told that we deserve it.
Happiness is so fleeting. If peradventure we found it, we wouldn’t be able to keep it. Happiness is an emotion that is conditional. You can only be happy when circumstances and situation are working in your favor.
Thus the reason why Jesus did not come to bring us happiness. He came to bring us joy.
Jesus, God wrapped up in human flesh is a gift. That gift is supernatural. It’s better than happiness which we have today and lose today. Jesus that unspeakable gift brings joy that fills us up.
“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore”. Psalm 16:11 ESV
What do you have to do to have that joy? Psalm 16:11 implies that simply being in the presence of the Most High God brings joy.
As we celebrate the Christ child of Christmas we must keep in mind that it is through him that we have joy. The perpetual promise. At any time when there is chaos in our surroundings or drama in our environment we need only to draw near to God and he will draw near to us, bringing in peace that surpasses all understanding. James 4:8
How can that little baby Jesus bring joy?
Because he is Emmanuel. He is God with us!
“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us”. Mathew 1:23
We did not have the pleasure that the shepherds or the wise men had of seeing the Messiah wrapped in swaddling clothes but we have the promise to hold on to.
The promise is, though we have not seen him with our physical eyes, our belief in him and love for him brings us joy that we cannot contain nor can we explain.
Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and though you do not even see Him now, you believe and trust in Him and you greatly rejoice and delight with inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 receiving as the result [the outcome, the consummation] of your faith, the salvation of your souls. I Peter 1:8-9