In life we can lose our joy. As we grow to adulthood we can believe that we need to be serious all the time. We can confuse seriousness with responsibility. If we lose that childlike heart, we can become callous, insensitive and begin to wear a hollow facade. We were made to live, love and laugh.
In the Bible Abraham and Sarah, the patriarch and matriarch of the faith, were believing for a child. God told Abraham that he and Sarah would have a baby at the appointed time which can translate into a Hebrew idiom - 'to have the time of your lives.' God gave them the promised child after years of waiting and told them to name him Isaac. Isaac means laughter. God’s promises bring laughter and joy.
When God created us He made us for His enjoyment. He created us for fellowship, relationship, and love. Even when we were distant from God He sent us Jesus. When Jesus walked the earth people were drawn to Him. No matter what walk of life people were from, they found Jesus irresistible. The only people who were against Jesus were the uptight religious elite.
Jesus's love is radical and relentless and His joy everlasting. As we spend time in prayer, we will sense His beautiful presence; where we will find fullness of joy. When we seek religion we become serious and boring, when we seek a relationship with God we become alive and full of joy; because our God is alive and infinitely joyful. So, we can relax into the loving arms of our Father God and experience true joy, laughter, hope and and incredible destiny in Christ Jesus.
Psalm 16:11 - 'In His presence is fullness of joy.'
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