This past Sunday I couldn’t sleep at night. I kept rolling and rolling on my bed. Eyes shut so tight but no sleep. Listened to some acoustic worship music but nothing. My sleep was slowly escaping from me. Time was ticking and I really needed some sleep.
I am in a music team at my church so when I come home, I am normally really tired and that sleep is very necessary for me to relax and unwind but I just couldn’t. I wondered what it was until I dug deep and found out that it was a feeling I didn’t think it would cause me a sleepless night. You know what feeling that was? It was “JOY” ; I was really taken aback.
How could joy cause such. Well, it got me wondering how it would be in Heaven. Always filled up with joy 24/7. It’s going to be awesome. Well, a funny fact was that I didn’t know why joy was so evident in me. I seriously didn’t know.
Romans 15, 13: Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
I might not have known what it was that was giving me joy, but I want to believe that it was God. God has filled us up with joy through the power of the Holy Spirit. It is an unending joy, depression should be a thing of the past because Jesus took it on Him on the cross.
I like how Habakkuk explains His joy.Habakkuk 3, 17: Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Habakkuk 3, 18: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. What he as saying was that joy is even when you have nothing and yet you look and see your salvation as joy. Knowing that you are preserved from harm by God. Our salvation alone is everything. For Habakkuk, he didn’t consider his lack at at all. I know to the human mind that it might be crazy to say that even when we lack we should see our joy coming from a place far greater than just material aspect. But that is where real joy resonates , from Jesus. Knowing and pursuing ourselves to joy in salvation, our salvation, our place of peace. Today, Habakkuk would say that even if he has no money to pay rent, he has taken his application to many companies in search for a job and has not received any feedbacks, he still sees his joy coming from our salvation.
A lot of times we look at joy as a result of external forces, such as having and possessing certain things but for Habakkuk, it’s a whole different thing for Him. He says even when he doesn’t have a herd of sheep. In this modern day life, we seem to erroneously believe that joy comes when you have more than enough. We see a lot of people committing suicide, some of course due to depression seeing how much they lack. I have also seen people who were in wealth but committed suicide. Joy is more spiritual than what we think. Whether we like it or, our joy comes from God. True and real joy.
Romans 14, 17: For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. I love what Paul is saying over here. We should joy in the Holy Spirit. This is the true Kingdom of God. (I’m getting goose bumps writing this) This is the true joy that God wants us to be more drunk with. This means that we should not be so focused on finding joy through having much to eat and drink and nowadays, driving cars. Joy is by the Holy Spirit and through the Holy Spirit.
I pray that we focus our joy should be influenced by the Holy Spirit. What we have should be something that we enjoy but not the source of our joy.