Topic: Expect Joy
Scripture: You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore. — Psalm 16:11 (AMPC)
Joyce Meyer Daily Devotional 3rd September 2020 Message
Joy in life is a wonderful thing to have. We may want to see changes in our circumstances, but when we have joy, we can stay calm in the meantime, and not let frustrating situations make us miserable. We can be grateful that joy makes some of those less-than-desirable circumstances more bearable.
Joy can vary in intensity from calm delight to extreme hilarity, and it’s closely connected to our expectations (what we think and believe). One meaning of joy is: “The passion or emotion excited by the acquisition or expectation of good.” So even when we’re going through something difficult, we can release joy in our lives by looking for and expecting something positive to happen.
In other words, our joy is directly affected by how much we hope for and trust God to come through for us (see Isaiah 40:31). Don’t stay stuck in fear, always watching for bad things to come your way. Pray, believe, and expect God’s best for your life—then watch your joy grow!
Prayer Starter: Father, thank You for Your joy. Today, help me live with hope-filled expectation of Your goodness in my life. Thank You for Your constant, unchanging love and faithfulness. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Joyce Meyer Daily Devotional 3 September 2020 – Joyce Meyer is an American Charismatic Christian author and speaker and president of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Joyce and her husband Dave have four grown children.