The joy that is the fruit of the Spirit, however, remains with us constantly -- even in times of sorrow, as Paul could testify (2 Cor. 6:10). We may not immediately sense it or feel it but it is there supporting and holding us and will eventually break through.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 Savior.
Gracious Father, fill me with this joy as I go out to face the world today, for the world is sad and I must not add to its gloom. Help me to radiate Your joy wherever I go. In Jesus' name I ask it. Amen.
Lord, how can i ever thank You enough, for Your constant encouragement, and Your sustenance of my soul? thank You, for telling me, that Your joy, is ever with me; i may not know it, i may not feel it, but it is there, in me, and it will break through, sooner or later; because, You are Sovereign Lord, You are King, You reign; this is my Father's world -- why should my heart be sad? thank You, for not saying, that my sorrow is insubstantial, that my grief is over nothing real; thank You, for your understanding, Your compassion, and Your empathy. i shall rejoice in the Lord, and i will be joyful in God my Saviour, even if it is foolishness to the world, for i have tasted of Your goodness, and i cannot forget. You saved me, from the pits of doom; i would have been but a bloody mess at the foot of my block, but You turned my life around. so i shall praise the Lord, praise the Lord, o my soul.
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.