John 15:11 „These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.”
Finding joy is sometimes like searching for a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Each time we are close, we find it is still far far away.
When I was going through a time of great discouragement, I was able to take a day with the Lord, and ask Him why I don’t have joy.
With 27 million Americans currently on anti-depressants, this surely must be a common question.
The Lord’s answer has become a daily reminder that the Christian’s source of joy isn’t internal, but external. It’s not „from within” but „from Him”.
I was sitting by the banks of the Umpqua River asking the Lord, why I couldn’t find joy, when He showed me the water and asked me about it’s source. Was it earthly or heavenly?
The answer has changed my life.
Up until 1674 there was a raging debate among scientists about the source of the world’s rivers. Most scientists believed that it must be from hidden internal springs within the earth.
Thales, Plato, Aristotle all debated this issue. Leonardo Da Vinci (a top notch scientist) had a struggle however when he calculated the internal pressure needed to supply such a continuous volume of water and Galileo (another great scientist) became personally frustrated with the answers of his day.
However, along came Pierre Perrault who was able to accurately measure the rainfall in the Seine river watershed and discover that there was >6 times the needed water falling from heaven.
He had discovered that the source wasn’t internal but external.
The Lord has shown me in the Scripture above that my joy is the same. I had been trying to build up enough internal pressure to force joy out, while Jesus had shown us that like a river, THE TRUE SOURCE OF JOY IS FROM HEAVEN NOT FROM EARTH!
Well, I began racing through my Bible and experiencing the fruit of focusing on His joy rather than mine…and my river began to flow again again.
I will let you do the Bible study for yourself.
Simply ask, „What gives the Lord joy?” and then let that fill you up today.
Just like Jesus said in John 15:11.
And Be Blessed!