I was thinking about this the other day. See what you think.
I saw this title: Joy Stealers. I’ve probably written about it. Can’t think of anything specific at the moment. Even special guest posters in the past have written about it.
But, you know, after mulling this over, I’m not so sure anything can steal our joy. Stealing implies it can be taken from us. Which cannot happen. According to Scripture. According to Jesus.
What did Jesus tell the disciples at the Last Supper? All the words He spoke that night were filled with encouragement. What He spoke to them He also says to us, “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:11 NKJV emphasis mine)
He is the Word. His Word is joy. His Word remains. His joy remains. And “No one takes away your joy.” (John 16:22 Greek text)
I love these other versions of that verse…
“…a joy that cannot be stolen.” (The Voice)
“…no one can rob you of that joy.” (TLB)
“…the kind of gladness that no one can take away from you.” (GNT)
No one can take away from you! No one by definition: not even one, none, nothing can cart away that precious joy. However, our trials and circumstances, our griefs and heartaches, our jealousy and envy, our covetousness and selfishness, our greed and pride, all act as black blankets of concealment, laid over and camouflaging our Lord’s joy within us.
That joy cannot be erased; it cannot be misplaced; it cannot be snatched out of you. You may feel as if it’s gone, disappeared, drained out of you. But it’s there. Always there, hidden in the dark folds of your heart. It’s an eternal there. Is Jesus there eternally? Then, so is His joy!
When Jesus prayed in the garden after that fateful supper, He said to the Father, “Now I am coming to you. I told them many things while I was with them in this world so they would be filled with my joy. I have given them your word.” (John 17:13-14a NLT emphasis mine)
We don’t need to go on a search for joy. All we need to do is sit in the presence of the Joy-filler and allow Him to remove those black veils of concealment and to reveal what is already there.
Be encouraged, dear heart. The joy of the Lord is within you and can never be taken from you. Praying for your joy to be full and overflowing!
(Neh. 8:10 GW)
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