I have called you back from the ends of the earth, saying, ‘You are my servant.’ For I have chosen you and will not throw you away. Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:9-10
What is the source of your joy? Or a better question to ask is “who is the source of your joy?” The answer to these questions should matter to every person professing a relationship with God. If you claim you have faith in God then it should follow that your faith in Him will provide you the reason to experience joy. Once we find God our only source of contentment and satisfaction, the more we find joy serving Him. This is the joy God promised His disciples. “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete” (John 15:11). This was also what the Psalmist found that there was a direct relationship between faith and joy; for both come from God. “But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me” (Psalm 13:5). “In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name” (Psalm 33:21). It is by believing God that brings about the true sense of joy. The Apostle Paul also made the same declaration. “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him” (Romans 15:13). Trust in God brings about sense of joy and peace. The Apostle Peter confesses that the source of his inexpressible joy is his faith in God. “You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy” (1 Peter 1:8). Real joy is founded in having faith in God. This means that no matter what life will throw to us, we won’t be easily overcome because by faith we trust Him. From the text, Isaiah said that God promised His follower to “strengthen you and help you.” So irrespective of circumstances, good or bad, joy should be constant because we know that God is there to uphold us. Our faith in Him will hold us through.
Noel De Guzman