How have you experienced the joy of life with God?
It is true that we are citizens of our heavenly home, who are just passing through. The writer of Hebrews makes this clear in his rehearsal of the faith-filled pursuers of God in the Bible. He writes: “All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth” (Hebrews 11:13).
While that is true, it is also true that God is the maker of joy, who longs to bring that into our lives. This came to home to me recently as I read Paul’s words to the church in Philippi: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4).