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Where Is The Joy?

Where Is The Joy?

November 25, 2023

Dear Friend,

The holidays are a time to celebrate with family and friends. Even surrounded by all the festivity, it is possible to lack that feeling of joy. We all have challenges and struggles that can cause us to lose hope that anything will change for the better. I have been there too. So, I want to share how I rediscovered my joy with you.

We are created for connection. That’s where our joy comes from. Whether the situation concerns a family member, co-worker, or acquaintance, we want a resolution so we can enjoy life together. Without peace between us, it is hard to celebrate.

Where is the joy? Let’s go find it.

First Joy

Genesis 1:4 contains the very first mention of the word joy. God saw that the light was tob (good).

Tob means “excellent, pleasant, to make joyful.” Look at the diagram below. Can you find the source of joy?

(Note: Hebrew is written right to left. Also, keep in mind that each Hebrew letter has a meaning. These meanings add together into a meaning-full word).

From the beginning, God saw hidden goodness in everything He created, giving Him great joy. Why was it hidden?

The letter t (tet) means hidden goodness – like a baby in the womb or a snake trapped in a basket.

Think about that meaning. When God declared what He created was good, He saw the hidden goodness of:

  • A baby in the womb.
  • A snake trapped in a basket.

Hold on to that information, and let’s continue our journey.

Visible Joy

The second instance where joy appears is in Genesis 2. This chapter explains that the LORD God made the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 2:7 – “Then the Lord God formed the man out of the dust from the ground and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, and the man became a living being.”

The title, LORD, means “The Existing One Who Causes All Things To Exist.” It comprises four letters that symbolically describe the moment man became a living being. The result was “jubilation!”

Look at the diagram below. (Read from right to left).

The last letter, H (hey) means divine breath, revelation, and light. To rejoice! Look! “Behold!”

That word “behold” contains all the joy uttered by inventors, scientists, artists, and anyone who ever successfully created or discovered something never before seen.

Behold!

When God created Adam and Eve, He experienced the joy of our salvation. How can we know that? The book of Isaiah, written 700 years before Christ, reveals God’s plan:

Isaiah 7:14 –”Therefore the LORD Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel.”

The same LORD who breathed life into Adam would become a “hidden good”a baby in the womb. This baby was destined to “crush the serpent’s head.”

Tidings of Great Joy!

And then, one dark night, shepherds were tending to their sheep. They awoke to a very bright light and the most incredible news:

Luke 2:10 – ” Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold! I bring you good news of great joy which will be to all people.”

Good news of GREAT JOY! Salvation was not a sudden decision on God’s part. He designed and executed a plan of salvation written before the world began. Salvation began in the Garden, and it was completed in the empty tomb.

John the Baptist understood the story when he said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!”

Remember Joy

My friend, when life makes you look down or lose hope, behold your joy! Remember the journey joy took to find you and to be yours forever.

God has the same plan for all people. That includes you and all those you love. God did all of this so you would no longer fear the future. You can trust Him with your most precious relationships and celebrate His goodness in every moment of the journey. This is the joy of our salvation!

As we enter the season of giving thanks and celebrating the birth of Jesus, choose the Joy of the Lord! It is the best JOY there is.

From my family to yours, have a great Thanksgiving, a joy-filled Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

You are loved!

Believing Him,