What if the caffeine high is how we are really supposed to feel???
Now before you all freak out and make me go viral as the drug-pushing Jesus follower, give me a chance to elaborate.
My favorite coffee treat is a tall, mocha frappuccino with extra mocha drizzle. Whenever I get a chance to indulge I get such a lovely feeling of bliss after my first few sips. Suddenly all seems right with the world and it doesn’t even matter that a jerk just cut me off in traffic! Now this effect probably has less to do with caffeine since it is after just a couple sips, and more to do with me being happy about a treat, but this will work for my example.
In the Bible Jesus said He came to give us life to the full. The psalmist proclaimed that the joy of the Lord was his strength. Paul encouraged the Philippians to rejoice always. None of these were based on circumstances or some day, but every day.
So maybe what these authors are all saying, is that we as followers of Christ should not be experiencing only moments of joy that fizzle out like a coffee buzz. We need to be connected to our joy giving energy source, (the Holy Spirit) on a constant basis.
But what about the hard days you ask. Good question. None of the writers of the Bible or Jesus Himself were denying the suffering and hardship that are realities in our fallen world. What I believe they found and what Jesus is trying to teach me in my own life, is to stay focused on Him. When the pain comes in, I try to look to Jesus as quickly as possible. When I get to a place where I am in an emotional puddle, sometimes He has to take my face gently in His hands and redirect my gaze once again to His face.
I am being a little glib, joking about caffeine, but all that aside I know it is not easy to live in a state of joy. But that is the goal Jesus has for us even though we will not fully reach that goal this side of heaven. However, I truly believe that as we walk closer and closer with Jesus that we will live in greater and greater joy.
“But let all who take refuge in You be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread Your protection over them, that those who love Your name may rejoice in You.” Psalm 5:11
“I have told you these things so that you will be filled with My joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!” John 15:11