The Secret of Lasting Joy
Q: Dr. Young, if I’m looking for more joy in my life, where do I start?
A: I would start with God’s Word! And in particular, Philippians 1:1-7. The key to finding real joy is in this passage. We need to fully understand this verse and hold it in our hearts as a clear promise from God. Philippians 1:6 says: “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” This verse is saying: What God starts, God finishes.
That’s the foundation of true joy and contentment: knowing that God has a perfect plan. He is leading you; His hand is on your life, guiding you. God has a purpose for you. And when you grasp these truths, you will understand the first ingredient to joy. You can be reassured that God is indeed at work and He’s accomplishing His plan in your life. And with that knowledge comes contentment... regardless of your circumstances.