Can you honestly say that you have joy in your life? There are many Christians who try to do good, and work to have right attitudes, but honestly, they are miserable. They are doing right things, but they aren’t enjoying life. God wants us to have joy. He wants us to enjoy life. He wants us to delight in serving Him.
In Galatians 5:22, joy is listed as a fruit of the Spirit. If the Spirit is active in our life we will have joy. Joy is more than just being happy. Joy is a persistent attitude in our life despite our circumstances. In Nehemiah 8:10, we are told that, "The joy of the LORD is your strength." If we are cast down in our souls then we are living in weakness. The joy of the Lord is our strength. That is joy that comes from the Lord. We must be in fellowship with Him to receive His joy.
If you find yourself absolutely dejected, if you find yourself regularly dreading certain parts of your day or week, then I would challenge you to examine your walk with God.
Are you allowing the Spirit of God to work in your heart? Are you dwelling in God’s presence? Or have you forgotten to live in remembrance of your Father above? If you have been living in anything less than God’s joy, I would encourage you to ask God to help you. It doesn’t matter what your life looks like. What matters is how much you have been communing with the God who died to save you.
When your relationship with God is right, you can rejoice despite your circumstances like Habakkuk did when he said,
"Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit bein the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:
Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation." – Habakkuk 3:17-18