Rejoice always.1 Thessalonians 5:16
Possible or not possible? Joy is normally thought of as an emotion that comes out during positive situations. For the Christian, though, joy is more than a part-time feeling, it is part of our very soul. Although it may be difficult at times, the ability to experience joy in spite of our circumstances is what sets the Christian apart, for ‘in His presence there is fullness of joy’ (Ps16).
Scripture tells us in 1 Peter 1:6 that we may be grieved by various trials for a little while and our faith may be tested. This does not extinguished joy but rather leads us to a place of praise, in honour of Jesus Christ our Lord. For even though we have not seen him, we believe in him and rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory. By the power of the Holy Spirit within us, we have an unexplainable internal joy regardless of external circumstances.
Our joy does not come from an earthly perspective but from a heavenly one. We do not rejoice in the grief; we rejoice in the comfort. We do not rejoice in the pain; we rejoice in the strength to bear it. We look beyond what is, to what will be.
The Lord Jesus endured the cross, ‘for the joy set before Him’ (Heb12); He didn’t rejoice in the agony of the cross but in the glory of the kingdom and His place with the Father.
Fullness of joy lies in the hope of heaven and our place with the Father and the Son.