In your walk with Christ many will look at your flaws and your failures. They may point at your area of struggle and weakness. They will laugh at you, they will judge you. Many will even dare to diagnose the cause of your struggle the reason for your pain. Mocking and scorning they will ask “where is your God” “aren’t you supposed to be a Christian?”
What they ignore is that as Christ followers we are all put up for a beautiful formation and transformation. We are put through a time where in our painful days we are able to feel the soft restoring hand of our HEALER. A time of dying to our selves where in the heavy breathing of surrender we are able to feel his incomparable GLORIOUS PRESENCE. We are able to experience something that is not of this world. Something that is unknown to the godless soul. We are able to experience JOY, incomprehensible, indescribable, exhilarating JOY.
In the midst of the times of pain, loss, shame, struggle and failure. Jesus grants us to experience this joy that is far more greater than any other things. Such as financial abundance, professional success, fame and glory. For all these things whit out JOY of the Lord are nothing! The JOY found in Jesus exceeds far more than any transient happiness this world can offer. That allows us to understand what exactly the psalmist was saying in Psalm 4:7 “You have put more JOY in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound”
Thank you Lord!