Advent 2019 December 9

I was daily His delight, rejoicing before him always, rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the children of man. Proverbs 8:30-31

In this Scripture selection, we see delight, enjoyment, rejoicing, pleasure, JOY!

Jesus, throughout all of eternity, has celebrated with His Father as they made plans for creation and delighted in what has been created. Can you picture a happy God, a joyful Saviour?  Scripture shows us this.

What is it you are usually eager about during the Christmas season?  Is it gathering with friends and family, laughing, sharing, communicating.  This interaction is the very nature of the One who created us.

We see Jesus speaking of joy several times in Scripture:

“These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full” (John 15:11 nasb).

“Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:24).

“Now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves” (John 17:13).

Experiencing joy is one of the delights God has created in us.  We can safely say He desires we live joyfully.  Joy is a fruit of the Spirit, given to us when we become His by His Grace.

As we sing “Joy To The World” this Holy-day season, sing it with the vibrant eternal joy God has given you.  And be reminded it is that same joy the Holy Trinity shared before creation.

This is today’s contribution of “Away In A Manger.”


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