Joy and peace are great fruits of the Spirit to have. Everyone is looking for peace and always wanting to be joyful, regardless the situation we may be going through. But how do we attain joy and peace? We need to ask ourselves if we are reading the Bible regularly. If we are to have joy and peace, we need to know what God says in His word in order to have a foundation for what to believe. The Bible is not a vaccine. We do not get one dose of scripture one day and all of a sudden we are set for life. Reading the Bible is like water, it needs to constantly enter our bodies everyday for us to survive.
Psalm 105:4 says "Seek the LORD and His strength; seek His presence continually."
Jeremiah 29:13-14a - "You will seek Me and find Me, when you seek Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the LORD."
"I love You. Reveal Yourself to me. You draw me near; I need You Here with me.
Take my hand and lead me to the place where I'll find peace and still my mind, to worship You.
In quietness, a peaceful place to still my mind when I am with You. To worship You.
I call, You listen. I will seek You. If I seek You with all my heart, I will find you."
- Desiree Sielaff
I wrote the above song back in 2010 and it is a constant reminder for me that when I seek the Lord and spend time in His word, I will be at peace and have joy in all circumstances because I know that God is for me and not against me. He alone is the source of my joy and I can place my hope and trust in His promises.
"In Your presence there is fullness of joy." - Psalm 16:11