What is Joy?
We often hear about joy in church circles and it’s this callous, hard-hearted, empty statement that is used to invalidate pain. You’re going through something. You’re in the middle of a trial or problem and someone comes at you with the most unhelpful, hurtful, dismissive statement ever. “Count it all joy”, and moves on like they just did you a service by ignoring your pain, your hurt, and your struggle, to jab an out of context truth bomb on you. We’ve taken joy from a Biblical concept and made it into nothing more than a catchphrase to get someone to shut up about their real issues. Is that really what Joy is supposed to be?
Over this week, we’re going to look again at the Biblical model of joy. Ye,t before we start that, we have to validate and acknowledge the hurt and trials and suffering that can sometimes seem to fly in opposition to joy. Acknowledge those today. Talk to God about them. Joy was never meant to be a dividing wall between us and God. It was never meant to keep us from honest conversation about the realest parts of our life. Take time today and talk to God about the things that hurt. Talk to him about the real stuff. Don’t use fake “joy” as a reason to keep from being honest with God.