Joy Unassailable

Hope and joyThere are few things in this life that last. Products are engineered to break down and stop working long before they would on their own. That’s called planned obsolescence. Now, if that was the extent of the disposable nature of our society it may not be so bad.

Unfortunately it is not. Relationships, even marriages don’t always last the way they were intended to. And, as we know all too well, life itself doesn’t last. At least not the physical life we live on this Earth. The Bible is full of verses about the frailty of life.

Yet Jesus assures us that He provides us with such a joy that cannot be taken from us. As He was speaking to the disciples a short time before He ascended, Jesus told them He was going away and that they would experience grief because of that separation. But He also left them with hope, “Therefore you too have grief now; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.”

That joy is a source of great encouragement and strength.

Jerry Williams