My first road trip! I remember when I was about to be a sophomore in college I was going on a road trip with just one other friend on our way to college. We were going to stop by and see some friends along the way. This was so exciting. It was my first vacation I planned all on my own. We made sure we had walkie-talkies to communicate quickly. We made sure we knew the roads we were traveling. We had everything in line and we truly had a phenomenal time on this trip.
Our second fruit of the spirit leads us to joy. How would you describe joy? How much effort would you exert to have joy? To what ends of the world would you go to ensure that you would always have joy? What road trip of life would you embark on to discover joy? Read Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 and you will find the extent that Solomon went to have joy or mirth in his life. He did everything. Nothing was restrained from him. In the end he says in Ecclesiastes 2:26, “For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy.”
Joy is a hard idea to wrap our minds around. Probably the best illustration I have found of joy would be the word “filled” or “complete.” Those words bring up verses like what Paul says in Philippians 4:11, “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”
Joy is the feeling of not needing anything. It’s the feeling beyond wanting anything. It is living the fact that I have the Holy Spirit within me and I have need of nothing.