Joy is being content beyond our circumstances. We can have joy when we recognize that God’s plan is greater than our own. Our joy is a response to our trust in God.
So many of us spend our days chasing happiness – looking for that one thing that will finally make us happy. But when life takes a disappointing turn, happiness fades and we’re back on the hunt. This is where joy is different. Joy will thrive in life’s triumphs and endure through life’s challenges. Joy is a deep, sincere way to approach life that allows us to know that the hard times will make us stronger and draw us closer to God. Having joy may not mean always wearing a smile, but joy lets us reflect God’s love and shine through the dark moments in life.
This month, our 2nd – 5th grade Sunday School classes will be encouraged to think about how:
1. Choosing joy is not always easy.
2. The Bible challenges us to respond to life’s challenges with joy.
3. Showing joy in all circumstances proves that God is at work within us.
As Philippians 4:4 says: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” We can know that our God has the power to do things we can only imagine and can provide a solution even when we can’t see one. Therefore, our joy can always be in God, who can do anything.
(Taken from December 2013 – 252 Basics for Leaders)