We hope this Christmas devotion will bring you joy during the holidays as well as every day using God's recipe for joy found in the Bible!
A sweet friend of mine was asking for prayer yesterday because of the crazy busy week ahead of her. The holidays can easily become a blur of busyness and rushing around if we’re not careful. For others, the holidays may bring an extra measure of loneliness and loss.
God desires for us to experience His joy during this special season as well as each and every day in spite of our circumstances.
Joy echoes through every stage of the Christmas story:
“When I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy.” Luke 1:44
“I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.” Luke 2:10
“When they saw the star, they were filled with joy!” Matthew 2:10
You’ve probably heard the acronym “formula” for J.O.Y. before:
…keeping Jesus forefront in our thoughts, then others, and finally yourself.
I want to add Scripture to this for our Christmas devotion so we can really see God’s recipe for JOY!
Note what three things are repeated in the following verses:
4 “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
16 “Rejoice always!
17 Pray constantly.
18 Give thanks in everything,
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Did you see it?! Rejoice – Pray – Give Thanks! Combine these with the J-O-Y and we get a wonderful recipe for joy!
Rejoice over Jesus! Let’s take time and focus our thoughts on Who Christ is and all He has done for us!
Pray for others! Let’s take our eyes off our own circumstances and place our focus on praying for others and their circumstances.
Give thanks from you! We need to follow the instructions in this wonderful hymn and make time to “Count your blessings; name them one by one.” This will place our focus on all that we have and not on what we don’t have or may have lost.
As Paul said to the Thessalonians, “For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” God desires to bring His joy into our lives through a personal relationship with Jesus! He is with us – Immanuel!