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A Thought or Two

Just a Thought or Two

by Marla Bentien

Thoughts on Joy


Joy is mentioned over 200 times in the Bible, mostly in the Old Testament. It seems as though joy is a serious matter to God. I believe many of us, however, tend to think of Jesus in somber shades of gray, and many of His followers seem likewise rather colorless. According to Randy Alcorn, “One of Satan’s great lies is that God is joyless and humorless….Envision Jesus with His disciples. If you can’t picture Jesus teasing and laughing with them, you need to reevaluate your theology….We need a biblical theology that prepares us for an eternity of celebration, spontaneous laughter, and overflowing joy (Luke 6:21).”  


“God knows everything. He can manage everything, and He loves us. Surely this is enough for a fullness of joy that is beyond words.” 

 –Hannah Whitall Smith


“Joy is the serious business of heaven.”  

–CS Lewis


“Joy is the great note all throughout the Bible.” 

 –Oswald Chambers


“Keep your feet on the ground, but let your heart soar as high as it will.” 

–AW Tozer


“Seek to cultivate a buoyant, joyous sense of the crowded kindnesses of God in your daily life.”

 –Alexander MacLaren


“Our joy in Him may be a fluctuating thing; His joy in us knows no change.” 

 –Hudson Taylor


“Joy is the direct result of having God’s perspective on our daily lives and the effect of loving our Lord enough to obey His commands and trust his promises.”  

–Bill Bright


“Joy is not an accessory to the Christian life….Joy is tenacious. It fights. It grips the promises of God and won’t let go. And joy is not a mere good mood; it is an anchor is our storms, an immovable rock to stand on when the waves of life threaten to flatten us….Joy is the heartbeat of God.”   

 –Matt Smethurst