What lights up your day and fills you with the kind of joy that makes you walk like you’re floating on air? Is it attention from one you love? A pay raise? Getting your dream job? Obtaining a personal fitness goal? Winning a game? Are those events STILL giving you joy a month later, or even a week or day later??? You worked so hard for it—surely the joy of attaining it lasted a LONG time?!? Even though God created us to live joyfully, our life is constantly driven by the subscription to a belief that we’ll obtain permanent joy from temporary sources.

God is the only part of our life that never changes and His presence is our ONLY source of permanent joy.

Are you consistently experiencing joy on a daily basis? Or is your joy—hit and miss—depending upon your circumstances? Of his experience of God’s joy, the Psalmist wrote:

“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalms 16:11)

“Fullness of joy” means we are full of joy. In other words—we’re never empty! This happens ONLY in God’s presence. God doesn’t change; and the joy of His presence isn’t temporary. Even our dearest and most wonderful experiences from earthly pleasures are multiplied—when we are close to God.

To have this joy IN God, we must KNOW Him in to the extent that He becomes our chief desire. We desire His presence when we awaken in the morning, when we plan our day, as we work and play, and finally—when we lay our head down at night. God’s presence allows us to relish the present joy of each moment instead of being constantly trapped longing for the things that only give us temporary joy.

When we seek God every day, we fall in love with Him. It’s a lifelong process. We feed our love for Him in His Word and in His presence and we experience Him much like the Psalmist who wrote:

“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.” (‭Psalm‬ ‭28:7‬)

When God is the one filling our heart with joy, our heart is always full.

To learn more about Kimberly Faith and the mission of Faith Strong, click HERE

Out Now – Essential Faith, volume II.  Find it on Amazon by clicking HERE.

If You Haven't Already...

Subscribe to Our Daily Devotionals!