Argenis AlvarezDevotional

“. . .even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious JOY, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:8-9 // Happiness and joy seem to have been accepted as states and places by most of today’s society. When you’re in a stressful situation, people tell you to go to your “happy place”. A popular theme park has become known as “The Happiest Place on Earth”. Joy has been displayed as a fleeting feeling that comes and goes as she pleases, and we must “find joy” or “find happiness”. How do we generate joy in ourselves? In the examples above, we go somewhere or we wait until we experience a joyful moment. It seems impossible to grow joy within us unless we’re in the perfect soil. But what if this isn’t God’s original design for joy? It seems that, in this verse, joy is not a place, but a response to God’s work. The Apostle Peter is highlighting the present joy in a group of first-century believers who are being persecuted beyond our understanding. Peter isn’t telling the believers to ignore their problems, He’s telling them what to respond to–Joy doesn’t just occur when we experience his goodness in our lives, but when we reflect and focus on His past work and have faith in what He’s going to do, regardless of what we see. Faith is the soil our joy is planted in, and we, with the help of the Holy Spirit, can grow joy from a place of believing that God is good and follows through with His promises.
Where are some places in your life that lack joy today? Take time to make a list of these areas. Ask the Lord to show you where He has been faithful in them. Reflect on areas that lack a belief that God will stay faithful to fulfill His purposes. Plant Joy in the soil of your Faith and let God do His work.
Regan Moore