Joy for those who are doubting. You can have joy when you’re doubting when you have unhappiness under your own roof, or in your own heart. Even if you’ve caused unhappiness or doubts with your own hands, you can have something better than “the old happy times” that you might be longing for. You can have joy right now in the sole confidence that Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven.
A common misconception is that joy is reserved for only the religious people, or the spiritually elite. Well, there isn’t a category for either of those groups, and God has promised that everyone can have joy. Luke 2:10 says, Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.” This great joy that the angel was proclaiming to the shepherds was not dependent upon favorable circumstances, or even superior spiritual knowledge. Rather, the great joy was to come from the birth of Christ. In Great Joy For All People, we explore the great joy that is associated with the birth of Christ and see how it can powerfully impact our lives. By looking to the Bible, we will look to the lives of those directly touched by this great joy. With this series, you will be able to increase your faith in the Lord and to overcome whatever difficulties that come your way, because of the great joy of the Lord.