Is there something that takes away the joy of the Lord? We have sufficient reasons to live joyfully in the Lord, joyous and hopeful even in the most cruel of processes.
The Bible tells us:
10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
11 For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.
Isaiah 61:10-11 (KJV)
We should not rejoice in any way, but as Isaiah says: “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord”. Our joy does not depend on what the Lord provides us but on the same Lord provider.
Let us remember the apostle Paul, who while in prison knew how to say: “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4). Our joy does not depend on the blessings but on the one who gives the blessings, so we must maintain that joy regardless of our situation.
We must rejoice in the Lord that He has given us salvation, that while we were terrible sinners yet He loved us with great love taking His Son to the cross in order to redeem us from our sins.
May this joy of the Lord not be taken from us by anyone or anything, because the Lord is great and worthy of all praise and glory.