What Brings Us Joy?

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Do you ever have times when a line from Scripture jumps out at you and cannot get past it in your thoughts? One morning this past week was such a time. As I was reading in Proverbs 10, the first line of verse 26 struck me in such a way. It says, “The hope of the righteous brings joy.”

Our hope brings us joy; the anticipation of Jesus’ appearing and all that He has promised us for all eternity.

It’s the specifics of our hope that inspire me when I get out of bed in the morning. They are the reason I am able to joyously look beyond the impact of aging on my body. They are the reason I still feel young at heart and enjoy silliness, laughter, and having fun. Christ has redeemed the inner me and given it eternal life. Time is irrelevant to my spirit; my inner being does not have to age along with my body.

This is why something deep inside me groans when preachers gloss over biblical references to Jesus’ appearing to take us home or when popular authors ignore the matter altogether. Are they not doing a disservice to the body of Christ by keeping the hopes and joys of their audience pinned to the things of this life? I believe so!

A glorious day of redemption is coming (see Rom.  8:23-25). It’s the time we receive our glorified bodies and experience total wholeness not only physically but also emotionally, spiritually, and mentally. It’s when we will be forever free from the very presence of sin.

I cannot wait until I have the opportunity to preach again and excitedly proclaim the joy that comes from focusing on our hope of Jesus’ return to take us home, to the place He is specially preparing for us (see John 14:1-3). What wonder awaits us when we return with Him to earth and experience the incredible joys of the kingdom?

Can we even imagine the excitement of reigning alongside Christ with physical bodies like His?

Yes, our hope should bring us incredible joy. We should be jumping up and down with excitement.

Please Note: I am going to be updating my blog soon with a new title: Our Journey Home. The emphasis will still be on a two-world perspective and include our walk with God in anticipation of unending joy and glory.

 

2 thoughts on “What Brings Us Joy?

  1. kat April 17, 2018 / 8:18 pm

    Amen ! I think about going ” home ” every single day. I also think of my aging body and my physical ailments in my body, but one day I’ll have no more pain. But what excites me the most is seeing Jesus 😊 Until then, I eagerly wait on His return. And the signs are here. He could come and take us home at any moment. Yes! Eternal joy and peace throughout eternity. Maranatha!

    A sister-n-Christ

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  2. Liz Searle April 17, 2018 / 8:27 pm

    Thankyou for a wonderful article!

    The day my mother died the Lord gave me Job 33: 25-6 “….he shall see God’s face and shout for joy!”

    One day very soon we will all see God’s face. Imagine the joyful shouts on that day!!

    Can’t wait.

    God bless you and keep up the great articles ‘til He comes.

    Liz S.

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