Sometimes joy isn’t present… but I’m content to live with peace when
joy isn’t in the immediate due to difficult work or circumstances.
Peace in one’s conscience before God is ultimately more essential than
a present pleasure of joy.
I think sometimes we exchange our peace with God for the quick fix. In
other words, sin.
So as I say, joy is fleeting, but if our peace with God flies off due
to our own foolish choices, what sort of “joy” from our sin remains?
“…for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but
righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Romans 14.17
Jesus was completely sinless and absolutely and fully righteous! It’s
quite safe to assume He had at least some sense of soul-peace, a deep
sense of doing the will of the Father while nailed to that cross, no?!
And “for the joy set before Him, He endured the cross” (Hebrews)… and
“weeping may tarry through the night, but joy comes in the morning” writes
the psalmist. I think that joy came to Him but does not seem fully present
while He suffered on that broken tree.
It seems to me that due to certain particular tasks, or because of
illness and suffering, etc., there are moments we find little sense of
joy in the Spirit. I conclude righteousness and peace are, in that
order, the two roads we must take to eventually reach the third.
Something to consider perhaps? -Glenn