“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” (Romans 15:13)
May I just be transparent with you for a minute? The topic of joy has been rather difficult for me recently. Yes, I have meditated and read the scriptures on joy, but sometimes it feels like life has slapped me across the face with a 2×4 and joy is nowhere to be found.
Recently my husband’s business has slowed down and my work has slowed down, but the needs of others around me have increased. It brings me great joy to help others. It is one of my spiritual gifts. So when I don’t have the financial means to help others, I can just feel the joy draining from me.
One of my spiritual mentors, Miss Nan (I’m sure you have heard her mentioned), has always taught me that whenever we feel as though we have been drained, we must consciously hold on to the hem of His garment. “It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe.” (Psalm 133:2) As you cling to the hem of his garment, this oil, representative of His presence, will flow down His robe and onto you. When we let go, then there will be a separation between us and God and we will not be able to experience the joy that only He can give. It can be a very dangerous and vulnerable place to be when there is separation between you and our Heavenly Father. You definitely will not be joy-filled.
Honestly this is where I am this morning, not feeling very joy filled. But I am hanging on to the hem of His garment. I will not allow Satan to get a foothold in my life again. I will stand firm against the schemes of the evil one. I will rejoice in the fact that my joy does not come from this world, but in the Creator. I will rejoice in the fact that my comfort is in my faith of the Risen One.
I choose joy.
Sister, if you are where I am right now, just hold on to the hem of His garment and don’t let go. Don’t separate yourself from Him. Take everything to Him with prayer and petition and when you don’t know what else to say, just say, “Jesus.”
“Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete.” (2 John 1:12)
Leaning on His Joy,
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