Joy is something every person seeks. And most of us succeed in experiencing joy, on some level, some of the time. The challenge is to keep our joy. The challenge is to maintain our joy when our circumstances shift and change.
You have probably recognized that the durability of your joy depends largely upon what your joy is grounded in. Admittedly, many things make us joyful—a good book, a satisfying meal, the company of a close friend, etc. That is fine and good, but I would contend that we are meant to experience a joy that surpasses the joy produced by temporal experiences. Moreover, I would suggest that such a surpassing joy is readily available to us.
Convinced of this, I am leading the people at St. Giles Kingsway and The Well through a 7-week message series, entitled: “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You”. In addition to the myriad of Scriptures pertaining to joy, I am indebted to the work of John Piper who through his books, “Desiring God” and “When I Don’t Desire God: How To Fight For Joy”, has helped me grow in my pursuit of abiding joy.
The audio of the first message of the series, “The Basis for Our Joy”, is embedded within this post (below). Wading through the highly complex passage of Revelation 4 and 5, we uncover the answer to 2 massive questions:
1. Why do we exist?
2. What value are we to God?
The answer we glean from the text provides, in my opinion, the best grounding for our joy.
Have a listen, and may your joy abound!