Radiant With Joy

Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. - Psalm 34:5 (NLT)

These words leaped out at me from the pages of my Bible early this morning. "Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy". What a wonderful promise!

Joy! How I love that word, joy! Joy is usually confused with being "happy" and that's not true. One can be walking a road of pain, suffering and sorrow and while they are not "happy" about what is taking place, they can still walk with joy. In fact, I believe it is critical for them to do so. The Word of God tells us that the joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10) and joy is named as one of the fruits of the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22)

So why do so many Christians lack joy? :cry:

One of the keys to experiencing joy is given to us in Psalm 34. We look to God for help. Not our spouse, not our children, not other family members, not our friends, not our pastor, not our career and not our bank account. We look to God.

Looking to God and simply screaming "Help!" does not constitute looking to God. Certainly that can be the first step but then we must continue to look to God. We must set aside "our ways" and yield to "His way" for when we do so, we are demonstrating that we will trust Him... even if it looks like He is leading us in the wrong direction.

When we truly look to God, we are not looking at our circumstances. We are looking at Him. When we look at Him and know that He directs our steps; know that we are safe in Him... even if we are walking a fearsome and dangerous-looking path we cannot help but experience joy. We are never alone for we have a Savior who loves us with an immeasurable love and will never leave us nor forsake us. And that Savior is... Jesus Christ.

Blessings!

K :princess:

Joyce Bethy Ferguson @bethy ·

When we look to others we will inevitabely be let down. Looking and fixing our gaze on The God of our Salvation is the only way to protect our Joy.

xx .b.

Alison Stewart @kiwibird ·

[quote]When we truly look to God, we are not looking at our circumstances. We are looking at Him. When we look at Him and know that He directs our steps; know that we are safe in Him... even if we are walking a fearsome and dangerous-looking path we cannot help but experience joy. We are never alone for we have a Savior who loves us with an immeasurable love and will never leave us nor forsake us. And that Savior is... Jesus Christ.[/quote]

Amen! And when we are truly focussed on God there is no room for doubt. Nothing less than 100% focus on God can eliminate the periferal vision which causes our doubting. But, when we do ...WOW!

kb

Kenneth Figurelli @bibleguy64 ·

Good blog. " no shadow of shame" has got to be a good title for something - maybe a future blog? - bibleguy64