We know for most of us recent times have churned out one instance of pain, confusion, and unrest after another. It’s been a hard season to say the least, and we’re ready for joy. Aren’t you? We’re longing for it, really. Not the kind that all of our social media scrolling claims we need; no, we’re ready to ready to turn away from the world’s counterfeit version of temporary satisfaction and embrace the deep, authentic joy God is offering.
That’s why we’re full of JOY today to tell you that our newest (in)courage Bible study, Courageous Joy, is now available! Cue the confetti! This Bible study features the real-life, going-first kind of stories you know and love from our (in)courage writers, and some seriously non-fluffy Scripture study — like the passage we’re sharing below, written by Mary Carver. Read on for a taste of Courageous Joy:
The Lord your God is among you, a warrior who saves.
He will rejoice over you with gladness.
He will be quiet in his love.
He will delight in you with singing.
Zephaniah 3:17 (CSB)
Sometimes we oversimplify the two parts of the Bible, labeling the Old Testament as harsh or even boring while pointing to the New Testament as the more loving, relatable half of God’s Word. But while the Old Testament is full of battles and wars and armies and kings, it’s also a love letter. Every time God sends a prophet to warn the Israelites to turn back to Him, He tells them how much joy He finds in them and how He longs to bring that same joy into their lives rather than judgment.
In the book of Zephaniah, the prophet urges the people of Judah to turn back to God. He warns them in great detail of the devastation and pain that will come if they do not repent. But then he offers hope by reminding them of God’s faithful love and His promise of redemption. He tells them God loves them so much that He rejoices over them with gladness and singing (Zephaniah 3:17).
Life is complicated and sometimes difficult, and as devoted followers of God, we certainly do have many serious things to think about.
We have hard things to ponder, sad situations that concern us, injustices that cause our hearts pain. But that’s not all God wants for us. He also wants us to think about the lovely things of this world and the joy of our salvation yet to come. What a relief to know that we aren’t required to leave laughter for the foolish and spend our days grim and gloomy. Instead, God invites us into a sacred space of big grins and loud laughs, of deep delight and light hearts.
When was the last time you belly laughed or laughed so hard you cried? What was it that delighted you so much? Can you remember a time when you felt God’s personal delight over you?
Isn’t this just the very subject that we all need right now? The Courageous Joy Bible Study is ready for you and available where books are sold, including:
We’re thrilled that this Bible study is finally able to be in your hands. Get your copy of the Courageous Joy Bible Study, and let’s dig in to what God says about joy.Leave a Comment