Joy and the Party, His Ideas

Isaiah 25:6

On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples
a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine,
of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.

As we approach Holy Week, we face our biggest annual reminder of the goodness of God. He deals with our real problem: sin. Then He shows us what it took from us: joy. After the intense drama of Christ’s last week of life, we have Resurrection! What an amazing celebration it has to be. Here’s some thoughts related to this:

  1. Joy is God’s will for His people. When I forget this, the hard times in life seem to get the upper hand. God wants joy for every single person He has caused to want Him. The Scriptures leave no room for doubt on this. If we’re with Him, we’re in for joy in the end.
  2. Joy seems uniquely Christian, sometimes. Christmas and Easter attest to this. It seems to be a draw God wants to use.
  3. Joy is linked to strength in Nehemiah 8:10….
    • Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.
  4. Joy is part of the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22).

Lord, increase my joy and my awareness of Your desire for my joy. Help me always remember how good You are. You provide more than we need when the only thing we need is You! Amen.

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