Read Galatians 4:19-31
Have you ever met someone who is so joyful that, even in their hardest seasons, they rejoice? I never understood it until a few years ago. Finding joy in the hardships did not even make sense to me. How could I possibly be joyful when everything around me seems dark and uncertain? Yet, God calls me to be joyful.
“Be glad, barren woman, you who never bore a child; shout for joy and cry aloud, you who were never in labor; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband.” Galatians 4:27
Sarah is told to shout with joy, even though the pain of not having a child was immense. Her joy would be a product of her trust in the Lord.
We can rejoice, too. I have found that the greatest joy comes from the greatest surrender. Giving your life over to God allows you to live a completely free life.
Verse 28 tells us that we are “children of promise,” just as Isaac (Sarah’s son) was. We can remember in times of pain and hardship that God is good and His plan is always for our good, even when we cannot see it.
Joy does not mean that your situation will improve. Instead, it means that you can see the goodness of the Lord even when there does not seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel.
This week, I encourage you to memorize James 1:2-4 if you have not done so yet. Memorizing scripture allows us to meditate on the Word of God throughout the day and equips us to fight for joy.