Five-year-old Matthew was having a difficult time remaining still in church. He did not understand what the preacher was talking about, nor did he really care. It was far beyond him.
Turning to his left he saw a kindly lady. As he caught her eye, he smiled at her. She returned the smile and he giggled. His mother, becoming upset at his behavior jerked him, pinched his arm and said, “Stop grinning. You're in church.”
As the tears rolled down his cheeks she said, “There, that's better,” and returned to listening to the sermon.
Jesus said, “I have told you these things so that you will be filled with My joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!” It is easy to be filled with joy when things are going the way we want them to. But when hardships come it is easy to be discouraged and even depressed. However, the joy that comes from our relationship with God can bring bursts of joy in the darkest of hours. Our joy does not come from the events of this world but from the relationship we can have with God, our Heavenly Father. When we are truly surrendered to the Lord, come what may, we will find lasting joy that only comes from Him.
Prayer: We pray, Lord, that we will live a life filled with joy that comes from You that the world cannot disturb no matter what happens. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: John 15:7-11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.