Colossians 1:11 (NKJV)11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy;
One day I was really feeling pressure from all the circumstances in life. I thought to myself, if I am a child of God why should these circumstances be weighing me down. The Bible says that Jesus gave me peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7). It also says that we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us (Romans 8:37). Why then would I feel so helpless and defeated?
I could find you more than twenty good Scriptures that would tell us that we have no reason to worry about any of the issues that we face. (John 14:27,Hebrews 10:35,1 Corinthians 15:57 to name a few) So why do we worry?
As I pondered this in my thinking I heard "pray for Joy in the Storms". Most of us will pray for wisdom and even knowledge but how many of us pray for joy?
After I heard this I was lead to the Scripture that I quoted at the top of this post (Col 1:11). This verse takes on a much more powerful meaning if you simply move the word "joy" ahead of the word "patience". Colossians 1:11 then reads, "strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power "of joy", for all patience and longsuffering."
As always I look for another Scripture to confirm my findings whenever the Lord seems to give me a word. Nehemiah 8:10 says, "...Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength." These Scriptures say that joy is a mighty power. So how do we tap into it?
Ecclesiastes 2:26 tells us, "For God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy to a man who is good in His sight..." If you have received the gift of the cross then you are good in His sight. James 4:2 tells us, "...you do not have because you do not ask." God does not force anything upon us. When he gave man dominion over the earth and everything in it we received a freedom to choose what we get and don't get.
Pray for Joy in the Storms.