Our Natural State


You have turned my mourning into dancing for me; You have untied my sackcloth and encircled me with joy. – Psalm 30:11.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! – Philippians 4:4.

Joy – Original, Eternal State

In Orthodoxy, Chesterton wrote that most humans rejoice over the insignificant and despair over the essential. However, that isn’t the last word, Chesterton averred. “Man is more himself, man is more manlike, when joy is the fundamental thing in him, and grief the superficial. Melancholy should be an innocent interlude . . . praise should be the permanent pulsation of the soul.”

Why does joy go deeper in humanity than pain? Because joy is at the heart of our relationship with God and was the basis of Adam’s initial walk with God. One day that joy will be restored as the basis of our redeemed walk. So often now joy lies manacled by the equivalent, or excessive, sorrows of life. And while we can hear joy shouting its existence, even while imprisoned, it will one day break free and embrace all the saved in its delight. Pain is a vicious interloper that will one day vanish. In the new world, free from restriction, joy will once again prevail, rippling like waters through stony heights.


Applicable Quotations

The Christian life that is joyless is a discredit to God and a disgrace to itself. – Babcock

Those that make God their Joy may rejoice in hope for He is faithful that has promised. – Henry

Joy is the echo of God’s life within us. – Marmion

The greatest joy of a Christian is to give joy to Christ. – Spurgeon

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Courtesy of Speaker’s Sourcebook of New Illustrations by Virgil Hurley copyright © 1995 by Word, Incorporated. Used by permission.
*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995, 2020 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
**Quotations are Public Domain.

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of teaching, encouragement and intercessory prayer from the Holy Bible, the written Word of God and author of the ministry website, For The Love of God. He lives in Delta, Colorado with his beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom they affectionately call Bella.
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