“These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may remain in you and that your joy may be full” (John 15:11).
No joy could match to that of the joy of Salvation. Those who come with great sorrows dance and rejoice after receiving the joy of Salvation. The Scripture says, “Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms” (James 5:13).
Cinema actors of the celluloid world also exhibit joy but that joy is spurious in nature. But their hearts either suffer from emptiness or are filled with sorrows. But the joy which God gives is a heavenly one. It is a joy which makes one sing even in the nights. Paul and Silas sang and praised God even in the midst of the tortures in prison. You should protect this heavenly joy, which is a good thing.
Dear children of God, when you come before God, you will be in a state of ecstasy (Psalm 16:11). Then, you will call Him “Abba, Father.” You are not orphans and helpless but the children of the King of kings. This feeling will make you overflow with joy.
Habakkuk the prophet said, “Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labour of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls. Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation” (Habakkuk 3:17, 18).
The wine makes the heart of man glad (Psalm 104:15). This is the divine joy which God gives. You may run out of anything, but you should not run out of the divine experience of leaning on the Lord’s chest. Protect that good thing.
When a sin is committed, you are pricked by the guilty conscience and the happiness is drained. When that woman was caught red-handed in adultery God forgave her and said, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more” (John 8:11). In the same way, God healed a man who was lying near the pool at Bethesda for thirty-eight years with infirmity and said, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you” (John 5:14).
Dear children of God, do not lose your divine joy by committing sin. Do not make the joy of anointment with fragrant oil which God gave you, a waste. “And these things we write to you that your joy may be full” (I John 1:4).
To meditate: “Let all those who seek you rejoice and be glad in you” (Psalm 70:4).