With Easter upon us we should be feeling so joyous. After all, nothing is much more jubilant than the resurrection of Jesus Christ!
But as this period is a joyful time of year, it’s not always easy to witness that joy if you’re weighed down with personal sorrows or practical concerns, or if you’re feeling alone. In order, to help you get into the Easter spirit you might want to turn to the Good Book that will help lift your heart.
Actually, the Bible is full of references to joy and happiness. However, in James 1:2-4 we are called upon to consider the benefits of experiencing the trials and tribulations that come our way:
Brethren, consider it all joy, when you encounter various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith yields to perseverance.
And ensure that perseverance is perfect, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
And John 6:16-20 keeps reassuring us that while we may suffer, the rewards in the end will be worth it: And Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.
In other words, we are also reminded of the joy we will feel when we get closer to God and follow His will in our lives:
As Proverbs 8:32-35 says:
“Now, children, listen to me;
happy are they who keep my ways.
Listen to instruction and grow wise,
do not reject it!
Happy the one who listens to me,
attending daily at my gates,
keeping watch at my doorposts;
For whoever finds me finds life,
and wins favor from the LORD.
So as things may look desolate, remember that there’s always light at the end of the tunnel, you only have to follow the path to get there.
As to help you on your way, consider this short but powerful passage from (Psalms 126:5, Those who sow in tears will reap with cries of joy.