Joy is a common theme of the Christmas season. Our joy can come from many different places. I have spent much of my life seeking pleasure, peace, contentment, happiness, satisfaction – joy. I have grasped joy often times, but it seems to slip so easily right out of my hands. I have found joy in hard work and success, in financial stability, in alcohol, in serving others, in paying off a home, and in a beautiful family. I have found joy in vacations, friends, sex, good health, laughter, and love. Though I have had heartache and seen some things that I wish I could blot out of my mind, I have successfully experienced joy in my life – yet it always seems to slip away. I find that joy and I rest in it – but in a moment it is gone.
How easily I am pleased. How foolish and ignorant I am. I am way to easily satisfied with the fleeting joys of this world when there is infinite joy offered. It will never make sense to the unsaved mind, that all of the joys of this world will never add up to the joy of a relationship with Jesus Christ. He somehow takes brokenness and creates a lasting joy, like the prayer in Psalm 51:8 says, “Make me to hear joy and gladness, let the bones which You have broken rejoice.” Verse 12 goes on to say, “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit.”
Friends, don’t be content or satisfied with the temporary joys of this world. They are just that – temporary. You see, the very One that creates joy – sustains joy. Seek His joy and prayerfully ask Him to sustain that joy for you this Christmas. We have willingly accepted all of the short-term blessings of this life in exchange for the infinite joy of uninterrupted, unadulterated, pure worship of the King. Rejoice in Him!