In a secular dictionary joy is defined, as “great happiness” or “a person or thing that causes happiness” (Source: Cambridge Dictionary).  What does the Bible have to say about joy?  The first reference can be found in Numbers 23:20-22, “Behold, I have received commandment to bless: for He hath blessed, and I cannot alter it.  He seeth none iniquity in Jacob, nor seeth no transgression in Israel: the Lord his God is with him, and the joyful shout of a King is among them.   God brought them out of Egypt: their strength is as an unicorn.”  The author, commonly thought to be Moses, tells us that there is joy in fellowship with the Lord, who has provided: His blessings, His forgiveness, His presence, rescue and His strength.  From Psalms 70:3-5, But let all those that seek Thee, be joyful and glad in Thee, and let all that love thy salvation, say always, God be praised.”  King David reminds us to seek the Lord God, to enjoy His presence and to give Him glory.Consider a more familiar New Testament passage, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperancy: against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23).  The apostle Paul contrasts the darkness of men’s deeds (v.21) with the light of a Spirit-filled life producing (among other “fruit”) joy.  When we find our sanctuary with Him, continually praising Him, the result is joy!  JMA  (Scripture from 1599 Geneva Bible)

This thought was written by Jenni Ashmore, FCAP Office and Ministry Manager.