Since writing my last post, another verse from Scripture has been rattling around in my head:
Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory. 1 Peter 1:8
After having studied up in the original Greek of this verse, it seems like there’s a clue here to the intensity and focus of joy. Joy is launched in our hearts when we choose to focus on Him. This joy is so powerful, that it really cannot be expressed! Yep, that’s what it says, it’s “inexpressible“. Wild to think about isn’t it? It actually gets better!
The whole point this passage is trying to make is, this joy is reserved for those who make Jesus the focus (center) of their lives who have never seen Him. The Apostle Peter wrote these words that were inspired by the Holy Spirit. He had seen Jesus; lived with Him, ate with Him, heard His words in his ear. Peter, in essence says, those who haven’t experienced Christ first-hand, in the flesh, will experience joy in this life that is not available for those (like the Apostles) who saw Him in the flesh! That’s pretty awesome to think about, and should fill each of us with even greater joy!
So if you find yourself filled with joy today (and I hope you do), but feel like you just can’t put it into words (inexpressible), that’s okay, Jesus and Peter know exactly what you’re talking about, even though you can’t talk about it 🙂