This joy is filled with glory. In other words, when we’ve truly accepted and soaked in the joy of God, something happens. We look different. We act different. We’re changed. Our struggles are still very real. Our pain is still there. We still feel the hurt and stress and suffering but now we’ve got this joy. Not the one invalidates the other, not that one steals the other, but our Joy comes alongside our struggle and gives it hope. It gives it purpose. It gives it a reason. It allows us to still feel and experience the hurt this life can offer, but allows us to continue forward. It lets us know that we do not suffer in vain. We have joy. It’s not a feeling, it’s not an emotion. It is an overarching truth that changes everything. We have this joy and it changes the way we face everything.
Others will see this. Other with ask questions about our demeanor, about our perseverance. They will see this joy, this inexpressible quality and wonder how we do it. And in that, we give glory to God. We point people towards him. We can’t express it, we can’t compare it, but we can describe it. We know God is in control. We know all things work together for good. We know he cares and heals. We have joy. Our pain, suffering, hurt, is not removed by joy but given true purpose and value. Others see the strength of God in us.
Are you showing others the strength and joy of God even amidst your hardest moments?