“No one will take your joy from you,” Jesus promises in John 16:22. Yet, here I am pursuing joy because I lost it.
The apparent contradiction confused me; “If no one can take my joy, then why is my joy missing?” I repeated the contradiction over and over again in my mind. “No one can take your joy…I lost my joy…no one can take your joy…I lost my joy… oh! I lost my joy!” the light bulb finally turned on. No one took my joy, I simply stopped being intentional about experiencing it.
I likened joy to a sweater which gets buried in the back of the closet from not being worn. It may have been forgotten about, but it remains in the closet waiting to be pulled out and put on.
Since joy means gladness in the Lord (see here for a full explanation of this definition), losing our joy suggests we shifted our focus from God’s goodness to our own troubles, unhappiness, or pain.
Therefore, refocusing on God is the first step to rediscovering your joy.
Take time to meditate on these verses, asking God to reveal His goodness, and reignite your gladness in Him.
13 Verses for When You Lose Your Joy
*All verses are from NKJV
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
Reflect: God is your creator. He designed you to do good, and planned out your days.
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”
Reflect: By God’s grace and mercy, your sins are forgiven. You are redeemed!
1 John 5:14-15
“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”
Reflect: God is compassionate. He hears our calls, and he fulfills our needs.
“The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him.”
Reflect: God knows you and offers refuge in times of need.
“For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’”
Reflect: God is our protector and our helper.
“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.”
Reflect: God created you with care, making you marvelous in His sight.
“‘The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;’”
Reflect: God is our comforter, healer, and Savior.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”
Reflect: Because of Jesus, we stand blameless before God.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”
Reflect: God gives generously, providing for all who call on Him.
1 Peter 5:7
“casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
Reflect: God loves you and willingly carries your burdens.
“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”
Reflect: God is always with you.
“This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.”
Reflect: God is compassionate, merciful, and full of grace.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.”
Reflect: God is love.
The longer your joy was lost, the longer it may take to fully experience joy again. So if you meditated on these verses and don’t feel full of joy, don’t give up. Keep coming back to God’s goodness over and over again, asking Him to restore your joy.
“You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.” John 16:24 (NLT)