“The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause the captivity of the land to be reversed and return to be as it was at first, says the Lord.” (Jeremiah 33:11; KJV / TAB)
Today we continue our Joy and Rejoicing series by looking at, “Making it Work.” We have looked at “Making the Right Sound”—the sound that you make determines the signs that you command and “Making it a Lifestyle”—you need to continually make the right sound.
We were able to see that what makes you joyful at all times is your unwavering faith in Him. “He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;” (Romans 4:20, KJV)
Joy and Rejoicing was the lifestyle of Abraham. When joy and rejoicing becomes your lifestyle, you then need to allow joy and rejoicing to work for you.
Definitely, it is God @ work that makes anything to work but there is a part for every child of God in any endeavor. Any religion that dumps every responsibility on God is not real. This is why Christianity is a religion of responsibility. All through the scriptures you will see this truth revealed. “Choose you this day, who you will serve … (Joshua 24:15), I have set before you life and death… (Deuteronomy 30:19)
God already made provision of joy for you because the joy of the Lord is your strength. It is time for you to make joy work for you. It is with joy that you harvest your blessing for joy is the language of the Kingdom of God.
“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” (Romans 14:17, KJV)
“ For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.” (2 Corinthians 13:8, NKJV)
You need to allow an overflow of joy in all situations no matter how difficult they might seem to get anything of value from God. Sorrow maybe readily available but Joy avails. Your overflowing joy tells God that you still believe in Him. It is your belief in God that causes every situation to bow.
How to make joy work
- Wait on the Lord: There are two main types of joy: The joy of things / people and the joy of the Lord. The joy of things is premised on how we feel, how people make us feel and what we have.
The joy of the Lord: “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:” (1 Peter 1:8, KJV)
This joy is not dependent on things, situations or people. It has nothing to do with whether the times are good or bad. Look at the example of the church in Macedonia, despite their financial lack they gave much because of the joy of the Lord.
“Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia: that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality. For I bear witness that according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing,” (2 Corinthians 8:1-3, NKJV)
This joy comes from the knowledge that God is the God of all situations. “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” (Psalm 27:14, KJV)
Times may change but God never change. I may not have enough money but the silver and the gold still belong to him. I may have lost someone but he still remains the God of the living and he is the resurrection and the life.
“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31, NLT)
You need to know what is strength according to the word of God—this is the joy of the Lord In challenging situations what needs to be renewed then is the joy of the Lord which is the strength of His people.
“Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.” (Psalm 37:34, KJV)