Read: Philippians 4
Are we joyful at all times, even when we face difficulties? Jesus gives us the joy and peace and fills our heart with contentment. Even when early Christians were persecuted for their faith, they rejoiced in the Lord. Even if you do not have riches as others do, Jesus can give you the joy and contentment in Him. Habakkuk wrote, “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Saviour” (Hab. 3:17-18).
Genuine servants of God who left their families to follow Jesus and serve Him are very joyful in spite of the hardships and persecution they face. Their greatest joy is that one day they would meet the Saviour in heaven face to face and spend eternity with Him. Nothing else can be compared with that. Paul the apostle said, “I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Cor. 12:10). God’s presence fills us with joy even when we are lonely or lost or weak.
Following God’s commandments and statutes can also bring us great joy. David felt the same, that he treasured God’s Word in his heart. David wrote, “Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart” (Ps. 119:111). Jesus can bring joy and contentment in our hearts if we put our trust in Him alone. Rejoice in the Lord always (Phil. 4:4). Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer (Rom. 12:12).