22 A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Pretty obvious wisdom, but why does it say joyful heart, but crushed spirit? Does it come from what our source of joy is? When I write these in the morning I try to stay away from the sports scores, the news, the distractions of my to do list. Yet the world keeps knocking with its vituperative scream, saying “I’m the way, I’m the truth, I’m the life! Don’t waste your time being quiet with God!” As the day goes, the drum beat gets louder – wish I could afford that car, look at that TV, if I drink this, I’ll be that, one pill will get rid of that belly fat, etc. The things of the world crush our spirit because it’s never good enough.
Where does joy come from? True joy comes from knowing that the things of the world don’t matter and the competition for more is less; it comes from sacrificing and serving; it comes from loving others, and yourself, as God loves us; it comes from knowing that what happens to us here doesn’t matter, and what we do here does. Joy comes from many places, and they all center on the love God shows us, the grace He blesses us with, our obedience to Him, striving to know Him and live a life that pleases Him.
If you’re ready for the joy that He brings, He’s ready for you. If your bone are dry and your spirit is crushed, try turning away from the world and turn instead to the true Way, the true Truth, the true Life. John 14:6