Psalm 40:16-17 (GNT)
May all who come to you be glad and joyful. May all who are thankful for your salvation always say, “How great is the Lord!” I am weak and poor, O Lord, but you have not forgotten me. You are my savior and my God—hurry to my aid!
What gets you excited or gets your motor running internally? You may presume I am talking about a couple other things, but I am really talking about what you are passionate about. I am talking about having a desire to follow God and to get excited about the things of God.
The verses above talk about real joy and finding enjoyment when we come to God and spend time with God. Many people cannot live without alcohol or drugs. They find it hard to get through the day without a fix of some kind, yet I believe that God wants us to enjoy life. His desire is for us see awesome things happen and to find that we can have fun doing things that God blessed us with.
Time with family ought to be a great thing. Enjoying nature or art ought to be a good thing. Building relationships and friendships ought to give us lots of joy. Answer this question: where do you find joy and what gives you joy? Do those things make your life stronger and leave you more satisfied?
Take a look around for a few minutes. Listen in to the conversations you have. Notice what God is doing all around you. By seeing God work and watching God change lives we literally will find ourselves understanding that our God is great and telling others how great our God is.
Recognize that God hasn’t left you. Your weakness didn’t make Him turn from you. The wrong things you’ve done didn’t make God leave you. You have been created by God, and you have worth and significance. You have potential and strength that only God can fill and use. Stop thinking less of yourself than God thinks about you. He is ready to come encourage you, give you joy and help you through the tough times of life!
May God give us joy as we understand who we are and that He is awesome.
Ephesians 1:3 (NLT)
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.