Made for Joy

CTA - Christ to All /Sep. 20, 2020
Made for Joy

By Kristin Schultz

But the righteous shall be glad; they shall exult before God; they shall be jubilant with joy (Psalm 68:3 ESV)

“Betcha can’t eat just one.” The Frito-Lay company introduced this slogan for its Lay’s potato chips in the 1960s. It is a memorable advertising campaign because it presents a challenge, maybe even a dare. Frito-Lay is saying that its chips are so good, it is impossible to eat just one. Barbecue flavor? Betcha can’t eat just one. Sour cream and onion? Betcha can’t eat just one. New England lobster roll? Pimento cheese? Betcha can’t eat just one.

God our heavenly father could issue us, his children, a similar challenge: Betcha can’t not have joy. Okay, it doesn’t really roll off your tongue, but it’s true. As a child of God, we were made for joy. King David tells us so in Psalm 68:3 (ESV): The righteous shall be glad. . . . They shall be jubilant with joy.

But this joy, this jubilation, is reserved for one type of people: the righteous. Do you count yourself among the righteous? Do you get lost in your own selfish ways, chasing after worldly desires and fleeting happiness? Ever find yourself putting all your trust in things you think will bring you joy: professional success, material possessions, popularity, children, or hobbies?

Our sins have a way of deceiving us and snatching happiness away, just when it seems within reach. But the righteousness we need, and the unsurpassable joy that accompanies it, comes through a relationship with God, our Creator. And we can have that relationship only through Jesus. In our sin, we were separated from God, but Jesus’ work on the cross has brought us back, redeemed us, and made us righteous by faith in his name!

But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him. . . . We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins (Romans 3:21–24 NLT).

David says the righteous shall be glad, and thank God, we have been made righteous in Jesus! How can we not be jubilant with joy! In Jesus we are wonderfully made for joy!

Editor’s note: Today’s devotion is from one of CTA’s new devotion books for women, Woman of God: Wonderfully Made.

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