May 20, 2022

Overwhelmed with Joy

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“I am overwhelmed with joy in the LORD my God … I am like a bridegroom dressed for his wedding or a bride with her jewels … Everyone will praise him! His righteousness will be like a garden in early spring, with plants springing up everywhere.” – Isaiah 61:10-11 NLT

Israel was in decline. Judah was vulnerable. Assyria provided a constant threat. Iniquity was in the land, and many of God’s people were guilty of sin. Problems seemed to be everywhere.

Yet, during these circumstances, Isaiah was “overwhelmed with joy in the LORD my God!” No matter what was going on, he realized God was in control! Isaiah could trust Him and know He would work everything out.

We, too, can look around and see problems, threats, violence, turmoil, divisions, crime, and immorality. It can be easy to be troubled and feel hopeless. Yet God still can overwhelm us with His joy! This joy comes from the Spirit, not circumstances (Galatians 5:22).

How can we be joyful in the face of so many problems? These are times to remember God’s promises and all the ways He has blessed us. He has saved us, forgiven our sins, and given us robes of righteousness. We can have confidence that He will right every wrong.

He will establish justice in the world. Just like gardens in the spring, plants will blossom, and there will be an explosion of growth. Plus, He has given us the guarantee of eternal life.

No matter what goes on around you or what problems you face, trust in God! Renew your faith in Him. He already has won the victory! Rest in Him. Let Him fill you with joy!

 

Reflection Question: Write a praise to God for all He has done for you.

Prayer
Father, thank You that victory is mine through Jesus. I believe You will make my life explode with spiritual fruit. Thank You for Your joy. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Isaiah 61