Advent Family Devotions - day 17

LUKE 1:44-45; HEBREWS 12:2; JAMES 1:2

Joy is a trademark of the Christian faith! We-as believers in Christ-may not always enjoy our circumstances or even feel the emotion of happiness; but joy is a gift God has placed deep in our hearts. Joy strengthens and inspires us on our journey from this life to our new life in heaven awaiting us. Jesus even modeled this inner joy during the most challenging time of his ministry here on earth. Hebrews 12:2 tells us that Jesus endured the cross because of the joy in knowing that He was making a way for us to join Him in heaven someday! God also instructs us to joyfully accept even the disciplines of God in our life as a sign that God is at work in us to ultimately make us like Him, mature and complete in the Spirit. There is a time and a place for everything; let us hold onto the joy of the Lord as we direct our paths back to Him!

-Marilyn Williams