Welcome to the last of the Crave chapter downloads. Next week, you can get the book (I wish I could give it to you in full here).
I used to think joy was the goal of the Christian life. You know how we often hear that we’re supposed to count it all joy when we encounter trials and be joyful to the Lord in all things. And we should do those things—Jesus means for our joy to be full.
There’s even this stunning promise in the Bible that’s raises the stakes in joy seeking: “In [God’s] presence there is fullness of joy” (Psalm 16:11). King David knew this well; simply being with God was the best way to satisfy the deepest longings of his soul.
As we’ve been going along in these chapters, we’ve been starting to dig deeper into the heart of our cravings. And I’m seeing that one of our deepest cravings is this desire for joy. So one of the things this chapter talks about is that our cravings acts as signs that lead us to Jesus. Joy is one sign along this road: but it’s not the end of the road. The end of the road is Jesus. When we value joy over Jesus, we value the benefit of being with Him rather than valuing Him.
If you find within yourself a deep craving for joy, I think you’ll enjoy this chapter. You can go to the downloads page for more information, or you can download the chapter and watch the chapter video below.
Books are best experienced by the writer and the reader in community, so I would love to hear your thoughts about what you’ve read in this chapter. You can share any comments or stories in the comments section below. You can also send this chapter to friends or family using the email, Facebook, Twitter, and other icons at the end of this post.
May God grant us the grace to find our greatest joy in His presence.
Seeking For The Source of Our Joy With You,
*We had a little technical issue with including my normal commentary, so these two lovely ladies are carrying the load for this week.