“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11
Read these verses over and over. What is God whispering to you?
This morning ‘great joy’ jumps off the page at me. Do you feel great joy? I’m kind of getting excited for Christmas. I have a better attitude than a couple weeks ago but I’m not sure I’m experiencing great joy at the moment. What is great joy?
The Greek word used for joy is ‘xara.’ It means calm delight or joy. Another definition is ‘awareness of God’s grace.’ In other words, just knowing the good news of a Savior being born should bring great joy to us. What does this look like in our lives right now?
I’m no expert on joy. I can’t say I have joy all the time, but I strive for it. Calm delight sounds like something I want. When stress is all around me I want calm delight. When things aren’t going as planned, I want to react with calm delight. How do we do this?
We can experience calm delight by letting go. Enjoying the moment as it is knowing that we are in God’s grace. I think this is the key, awareness of God’s grace. No need to worry. No need to be afraid of the future. It is the ability to recognize the blessings right now and then taking calm delight in them. We don’t need to be in control. God has this. Just be in His presence. Feel His love surrounding you.
I know it is hard. Joy is not something we humans are equipped to experience. The key is God. Allowing God to fill us with His Spirit so we can realize His grace. Think about it. We are sinners, but God sent His Son to save us from our Sins. When we recognize this and we allow the implications to sink in we should feel joy. What does this mean in your life?
What is keeping you from experiencing joy? For me is the stress of work in general. I am behind and I’m trying to catch up. But there isn’t enough day light to do so. The weather is about to turn and all I will be able to do is keep cattle feed and watered. But that is the future. God is calling me to calm down. Let go and allow Him to take care of the future. Then I think about all the work that needs to be done to the house. I don’t have time for it nor the money to do what needs to be done, God whispers ‘joy.’
God is calling us to allow calm delight to come over us. Rest in His grace, you are forgiven. Because you are forgiven you can forgive everyone else. This means there is no reason to be mad. No reason to fear. No reason to worry. Just be. Be in the moment. Rest in God’s arms. Jesus is born. This is good news of Great Joy!