Have you ever heard anyone say, I am tired of living like this, or I am just tired of living? The problems, pressures, and disappointments of life cause many people to feel that there is no hope; nor anything to live for, and many people give up on life and love and lose all joy of living.

In Gen: 27:46, Rebekah said to Isaac, “I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth.” She was concerned that their son Jacob would marry a Canaanite woman who did not believe in God. Then Rebekah said, “what good shall my life do me?” She had many reasons to be concerned about Jacob’s choice of a wife, but she did not have to lose all her joy and purpose for living.

In John’s first letter in the New Testament (1 John 1:14) he said, “these things write we unto you that your joy may be full”. Paul said that the Holy Spirit produces love, joy, and peace in the lives of believers in Gal. 5:22. Jesus himself said in John 15:11, that his joy could remain in his disciples after he returned to heaven. In Psa. 51:12, King David asked God to restore the joy of his salvation; and when in prison, Paul said, “rejoice always” in Phil. 4:4.

What is the secret to having this joy of life? Is joy really available to everyone? This story of Rebekah illustrates that joy does not depend on our circumstances, but on our relationship with God. We can have the joy of God in our lives by receiving his son Jesus Christ. Do you have joy in your life today?

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