"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope" (Romans 15:13).
“In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name” (Psalm 3:21).
At any given moment, we can feel spikes and drops in our emotions—peace, sadness, fear, hope… As believers, God intends His joy to be our emotional anchor to keep us centered in Christ. We don’t need sunny skies to experience this. We can know His joy, even on our lowest days, because we know we are HIS and He is always with us. “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4).
Joy doesn’t automatically overcome us when we accept Christ (though it can!). For most of us, the seed of joy is planted, then sprouts and grows in our deepening relationship with Him. Over time, we learn that if we rejoice in the Lord, trust Him, and stay rooted in His word, we will never be without His supernatural gladness. Paul demonstrated this while imprisoned for his faith when he said, “I have learned in whatever situation I am in, to be content” (Philippians 4:11). This verse indicates Paul didn’t have this outlook automatically or immediately, but he experientially learned it over time. We must give ourselves grace while we strive for this contentment. We glorify God when our souls reflect satisfaction and joy in Him.
Call to Action: Ask God to help you release to Him anything that might be standing in the way of having His joy as you read these scriptures:
“Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy” (1 Peter 1:8).
“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy” (James 1:2).
“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24).
Prayer: Father God, we rejoice in You today and praise Your holy name! We ask that You help us lay before You anything that is keeping us from experiencing pure joy in You. We want to glorify You in all we do. In Your precious name, we pray, Amen!
Final Thought: Joy in God is not earthly derived, but supernatural—it comes from above.
Experiencing Supernatural Joy in God
“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8).
“The righteous cry, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to them that are of a broken heart; and saves such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivers him out of them all” (Psalm 34:17-19).
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God" (Matthew 5:8).
“But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you, the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24- 26).
“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all” (2 Thessalonians 3:16).
“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
“God will let you laugh again; you’ll raise the roof with shouts of joy” (Job 8:20).
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).