*John 17:13 - And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.*
Joy is a strong feeling of happiness; a manifestation of happiness through an outward rejoicing or excitement. But to us as believers, joy is the outward rejoicing that comes from an inward satisfaction that we know Jesus Christ.
True joy is true fellowship with God. True joy is a reality for every believer. The best joy to have is the joy of the Lord. God's desire is for us to have joy of the Lord. With the present situation and the future looking bleak, the joy of the Lord is there to keep us going.
Jesus was filled with Joy and this inner joy came from His relationship with God the Father. Jesus brought change to a depressed world. He instilled love. He gave hope in hopeless situations. He created and distributed a joy that has impacted us today as believers. Jesus came to this earth so that we might receive new life, that we might be filled with joy. He wants us to live a life of great abundance; this means a life that is fulfilled and joyful.
Beloved, you might be in the middle of great storm right now. Don't become discouraged! True joy doesn't come from the circumstances surrounding you. True joy comes from within, it is a gift from God. May this joy be your portion forever Amen!