Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Joyful or Joyless?

The joy God gives is so different from the temporary happiness one finds apart from Him.  Doesn't it seem there aren't too many joyful people? Even among Christians.  I'm sure most would say they are filled with joy, but their face and words lack joy.   Stress, busyness and greed consume their lives. 

There are times of despair for a Christian, but they should be only temporary.  In Christ we find joy that is "inexpressible and filled with glory" (I Peter 1:8)  Our joy will not be complete until we see Him face to face, but until then the Comforter He has given (the Holy Spirit) provides ever-present joy and reassurance that we belong to the King.

In reading through the Trials of Theology I came across this quote by C.S. Lewis: 

Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not to strong, but too weak.  We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea.  We are far too easily pleased(Source: The Weight of Glory, p. 16)

We are too easily satisfied with the scraps the world offers.  Our Savior offers infinite joy that will be complete when we see Him face to face.   Pursue Him.

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  1. I just wrote an article for Blissfully Domestic about the differences between joy and happiness. Part of the way I think we start to find joy is when God starts pointing out us the idols that supposedly bring us happiness that we have in our lives. I don't want to be too easily pleased -- I want the fullness of what God has, even if it means I have to enduring some stripping away of idols.

  2. That is one of my favorite C.S. Lewis quotes.

    I read about 6 months ago, "When I Don't Desire God: How to Fight for Joy" and it tops the list of Piper's books in my opinion.

  3. Great quote by C.S. Lewis, and so true!

  4. Well, I don't always respond to comments promptly. Jen, I will try to find your article as I would love to read it. Sounds like an excellent reminder. Cheryl, I haven't read that book yet. I will have to find it used - I hate spending money on brand new books. :) Thanks, Petra, for reading and your kind words of encouragement.


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