Two Bible Stories about Joy
I recall to memory that old Sunday school song - I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart! What a sweet song of praise. And yet, some people find it hard to capture joy. Joy is mightier than happiness, and it is an experience of the deep and abiding presence of peace, contentment, and pleasure. We can see the real joy in Jesus!
Here are 2 Biblical stories to share with you and your kids about joy.
Sarah and Isaac
When it was the appointed time for Sarah to encounter Joy, the Lord visited Sarah as he has promised; she conceived and bore a child to Abraham even at her old age. Abraham named his son, who’s Sarah has born him, Isaac.
Sarah was filled with the joy of the Lord, and she said, "God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh over me." And she said, "Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? I have borne him a son in his old age." (Genesis 21:1-3, 6-7 ESV)
God gives joy to His children through unanticipated blessings. The name Isaac means "laughter". It was the time for Sarah to encounter joy in the unanticipated and appreciated the blessing of her son. Evidently, she was filled with happiness after receiving the promised child she has been praying to get, but her most profound joy came with the recognition that God's timing was the best. This story teaches us that life never turns out the way we imagine or plan, we should always be patient and look out for the God promised and hidden blessings. No matter what we are going through now, with patience, we shall ever conquer.
This may come as a surprise gift or experience or connection, but it may also occur by recognizing our Lord and personal savior – Jesus in all our endeavors. Sarah may have concluded and moved on from her desire to have children. She most likely thought it would never happen. But God favored her and brought her this blessing when she least expected it, and she receives him with profound joy.
Another instance of Joy is Jesus' Birth.
When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary, his mother and they fell and worshipped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. (Matthew 2:10-11 ESV)
The Lord Jesus, the prince of peace and joy, is the source of our joy. The wise men already knew so much about the personality of Jesus and why he came and yet, the Bible says they were filled with great joy. Considering our knowledge of the bible and God today, I still wonder why we don't partake in their exceeding joy.
Relate this story and explain to your child or ward that Jesus is the ultimate promise fulfilled. Jesus is God's greatest gift from the beginning to the end. With Jesus in our lives, we have the hope and promise of heaven and the promise of peace as we encounter experience here on earth. I don’t think there can be a better reason to be filled with joy.
When we feel we have lost it all, when life gets tough, and we feel our happiness slipping away, we have to refocus on Jesus and will be filled with life and joy again.