The man hated his job so much that one day he just couldn’t take it anymore and quit. What was missing from the man’s job? Joy. He didn’t have any joy in doing that job at all. Now remember the job you loved doing so much that you actually looked forward to going to work every morning? You liked what you did and was proud of your achievements on the job. You loved what the job was about, and felt like it was worth doing, and for that reason you applied yourself to doing it excellently. What gave you the drive to do that job well? Joy. The joy that you had in doing that job gave you the motivation, pleasure, dedication and challenge to not just show up for the job, but to want to excel at it.
Jesus too was able to do His work on earth by no other power than JOY! This joy is what is known as joy in the Holy Spirit. We read in Hebrews 1:9 “You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.” (NIV)
The entire chapter of Hebrews 1 is about how Jesus was made God’s Son, was placed above all else, founded the universe, walked in obedience and righteousness, redeemed sinful mankind from death, and went back to His throne to reign forever. And we learn from this verse 9 that JOY is the source of the power by which He was able to accomplish all this. God enabled Jesus to accomplish all these great acts that set Him above His companions by anointing – empowering – Him with joy!
If joy was the source of the Lord’s strength that enabled Him to do the incredibly hard work that He did in the universe and on earth, you’d better believe that you and I could never succeed in living for Him and in serving Him without the strength that comes from joy.
Isaiah 12:3 says “Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.”
This passage says it all. It likens salvation to a set of wells, each of which contains at its bottom one of the blessings of God that believers are to enjoy for being saved. We became saved from the various bad and evil things of this world, therefore, salvation brings the saved person into the good things that God intends for His people to have.
But the characterization of salvation as a set of wells reveals something powerful, which is that salvation doesn’t automatically bring the good things of God into the life of the saved person. Rather salvation only brings a person into the place where the good things of the Kingdom of God are available for him to have. What remains now is for him to do what must be done in order for those good things to come to him. In order words, salvation is like being brought into a room where there are several wells, and you can now draw from the wells. What you draw out is what you get! What you don’t draw out, you don’t get.
So for example, in salvation we have a well of good physical health, a well of healthy and blissful marriage, one of prosperity, another one that contains favor from God, and so forth. Therefore it goes without saying that if you do not actively and consciously work at drawing any of these blessings from the well that carries it, you will not experience that blessing in your life, though you may be a genuine child of God in good standing.
There are principles that govern the release and the working of each and every blessing from God in a believer’s life. ‘Drawing’ The blessings from the wells simply means observing the principles that release and put to work the blessings of God in our lives. It is by following the commands that God has given us in His word (the Bible) concerning any of His blessings that we get to ‘draw’ those blessings out the wells that contain them.
Thus, a married couple WILL enjoy the love, joy and peace of God in their marriage if each spouse observes the commands that God has given husbands and wives on how to treat one another. A believer will know and enjoy financial success if he or she observes the commands and principles put forth in the word of God concerning wealth acquisition and sustenance, and the ability to enjoy wealth. The same goes for every single other promise of blessing made by God unto His children.
So there’s work to do in order to get the blessings of God to work in our lives. And it is no easy work, hence the analogy to the strenuous act of drawing water from a well, and hence the need for the same kind of power that Jesus Himself had to rely on to successfully do His own work: Joy in the Holy Ghost!
Joy is the source of this indispensable power and strength because Joy in The Lord is that which keeps us sane in the midst of the most wicked of challenges. Joy is the opposite of unhappiness, sorrow, grief, bitterness. While sadness, bitterness and depression could knock the wind of life out of a person and not only try to keep him from getting out of bed, but also try to get him to end his own life, joy is that source of strength and positive feeling that helps a person get out of bed no matter what, and keeps him hoping for a better day ahead! JOY IT IS THAT HELPS TO KEEP OUR HOPE AND FAITH ALIVE IN THE LORD! As long as we are able to maintain our joy, we WILL be able to keep our heads above the swamps of sorrow, grief and bitterness that life and the enemy of our souls sometimes throw us into, and we WILL, thereby, be able to forge ahead in our walk with our gracious Father!
Never lose your joy in the Lord! If you’ve done everything you believe the word of God says to do and you have not seen the expected result, do not despair! With joy keep observing the word of God. Though the desired results may tarry, they will come! With joy keep drawing them out till they’re yours! Wells are deep, and sometimes it may seem like it’s taking forever to draw out the water. So don’t let discouragement, sorrow and bitterness that come with hardship cause you to throw in the towel on your marriage. With joy in the Lord keep doing your part as a husband or as a wife. With joy keep drawing that marital bliss that you seek from its well! It will be yours in the end! Never tire of sowing! Keep drawing divine prosperity from its well by keeping up with the principles of sowing and reaping. You will reap indeed! Do you desire the peace of God in your life? Draw divine peace from its well by observing God’s commands and teaching concerning peace. This is why it is the truth that THERE IS A SOLUTION FOR EVERY PROBLEM IN THIS LIFE IN THE WORD OF GOD! Whatever you’re dealing with, find the ‘well’ that contains its solution in the word of God, and draw out that solution! Find out what the word of God teaches on that issue and what solution it has offered on the issue, and with joy don’t cease to apply that word to the issue until you have gotten the solution you seek!
May our gracious Lord release more of His powerful joy upon you in Jesus’ great name, AMEN!