Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
I’ve had this passage coming to mind a lot this week. With it being Holy Week, I can’t help but think about Jesus choosing to die for us, “for the joy that was set before him.” He sacrificed His own life, so that He could have the joy of eternal life with you and me. How could He do that? I can’t understand it.
I can’t even begin to imagine what God’s joy is like. Joy for me comes from my walk with the Lord, as His joy spills over into my life. At times I find it overwhelming, especially when I think that He finds joy in you and me. Yet I know He only pours into my life a tiny portion of His joy, which is beyond all human understanding.
For me, God is God because I cannot begin to grasp or understand Him. If I could, He wouldn’t be God. He’d just be an idea or myth. But because He is unexplainable, unimaginable, indescribable, I can trust that His infinite Might will protect me. His unending joy will surround me. And His complete love will sustain me.