Today's prompt is: JOY
I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart.
What is joy? Is it the same as happiness? The Bible tells us to consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kind. Is James saying that we are to be happy about our trials?
The Word also says that the joy of the Lord is our strength. What does that mean?
After considering these two scriptures, I think that joy can be translated as peace. We can have peace when we are facing trials because we know the testing of our faith develops perseverance and perseverance must finish it's work so we can be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (This is where memorizing James pays off). Knowing that my trials are developing something greater in my life does bring joy (peace.)
And we can say that our strength comes from being at peace with the Lord; from being in right relationship with Him. The world may be falling apart around me, but I know that my God is in control and that He loves me. That joy gives me the strength to carry on.