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I started studying this concept of Joy almost out of desperation to understand it and why I didn’t seemingly have it. Just as the Lord always does, He shows up big, and I have so enjoyed studying this concept of Joy, and understand it now–no cliché’ Christianity can give me what the Lord gave me with this study.
Jesus, a man of sorrows. (Isaiah 53:3)
“Surely He took up your infirmities and carried our sorrows” Is 53:4
Not unlike many things I have run across during this process, these verses jumped off the page, and some tears flooded because this chapter in Isaiah is a graphic description for what He did for us on that cross. I can hardly believe He did that for me. My minds eye can’t process the torture, the pain or the shame He took for ME. I hear whispers all the time that I am not worthy, but that is not the Voice of Truth. When I think of that day that He gave His life so that I might have mine. I am charged with a duty to tell the world. Can I do that by exhibiting Joy?
I have walked around this life carrying many sorrows, some would say I have had my share, but I know in my heart that He will and does carry my sorrows. Even if I don’t ask, but when I do, there is this sweet peace that stays there as long as I remember that He paid a price for the sorrow, rejection and any other burden I have carried or will carry. And that He will carry them for me.
Here is the verse that has been stuck in my head all week.
“Let us fix his our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. For with Joy Joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning it’s shame…” Hebrews 12:2-3 (NIV)
I was extremely eager to study this verse. How in the world could He have Joy, and what kind of Joy is it? The word used here is actually the root word for “skip” in Greek, translated to Joy in most, if not all, translations.
So, he had the “leaping kind” of Joy? It’s interesting because it is not the same root word we have studied elsewhere. So, I am left to surmise that He felt like we feel when could sacrificially do something for somebody THAT. CHANGES. EVERYTHING.
I think, though, the point here is that he carries our sorrows–we are not alone. Also as Christ followers we, though not God, can have Joy in the midst of sorrows., because we know Jesus did, in the trump card of all sorrows. I think we all want the prosperity Christianity to be all there is, and man when we are in that spot it absolutely rocks; but the fall out from that can leave you broken into a million pieces. And then we get disappointed with God for not keeping us in that “sweet spot” of life. He promised us that we would have sorrows on this earth, but He also promised to never leave us or forsake us. As I think back of the years of trauma I can barely remember the details of many of them; because I truly believe that He literally picked me up and carried me through it–it is the only reason–otherwise I shouldn’t be here, and it is that simple. Yet, I don’t remember making a decision to have Joy, I remember making a lot of decisions to walk on–and maybe, in a way, I was believing in Joy without even knowing it. The act of finishing my book is extremely painful and I walk by the manuscript almost everyday and do not choose to pick it up and finish it. But Jesus, carrying my sorrow, can carry that too.
I have left so much pain all over the place, mountains, beaches, the Grand Canyon–left them there for Him to take because I can’t do it by myself. So, we find that JOY IS A CHOICE–a bank account with my name on it, ready for me receive anytime I want it. Yet I don’t choose it very often, and that lack of choice is just as crazy as not drawing money out of a bank account.
I am happy to learn of the different types of Joy because sustaining that leaping Joy is exhausting and honestly people are watching all of us to ascertain how we deal with sorrow. At the end of the day the question is this: Do you believe? Do people around you want what you have? Are you placing your sorrows at the foot of the cross because you know a price has been paid for your sorrows?
“Hold on my child Joy comes in the morning, weeping only last for the night, hold on my child, Joy comes in the morning, the darkest hour means dawn is just in sight.”
Thank you for taking this journey with me; the accountability of the now #wednesdayswithwatson keeps me in the word, and that is always a good thing. Many of you have expressed how it helped them and I am glad to hear that; because selfishly I started this just for me. 🙂
Another one of my favorite verses Is 26:3
“I will keep him in perfect peace, for thee who’s mind is stayed on thee; because He trusts me.”
And I can’t wait to study that!