One of the most obvious differences between God’s reality and man’s reality is that the things of God’s reality are eternal and unchanging.
The reality of man is constantly changing, though. One day everything is going well, and the next day the sky is falling. This is because man’s reality doesn’t have a foundation. Everything is always up in the air, left to chance, so there is only a temporary stability. However, when we choose to live in God’s reality, we will always have our feet on solid ground.
This is why God tells us in 2 Corinthians 4:18 “…while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
The things we receive from God by faith last forever. That’s why we’ve been talking about the things in God’s reality. His grace, righteousness, and peace are eternal. They don’t come and go based on God’s emotions, because He isn’t controlled by His emotions.
Another thing we gain from living in God’s reality is joy.
Joy isn’t a word that we hear every day, except maybe around Christmas time. However, the Bible says that the joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10). When we are joyful we will be strong.
How do we have this joy, though? Most people believe that joy comes from having a good life; nice things, a good job, a good marriage. That isn’t how we have joy. A good life makes us happy. Happiness depends on circumstances, joy does not. Galatians 5 tells us that joy is a fruit of God’s Spirit. It only comes from the Holy Spirit, not anything we can make happen on our own.
This is why most people live without joy.
They wait for their circumstances to be perfect and then they allow themselves to be joyful. Men do this more than women. They don’t allow themselves to be joyful or hopeful about things in their lives because they have been disappointed before, so when something goes well they will often wait for it to turn bad. We do this because it’s easier to live a disappointed, cynical life than it is to be disappointed by something we thought would bring us joy.
God didn’t make us to be this way, and He certainly didn’t set up His kingdom, His reality to be this way. God designed us to live lives that are full of joy. We do this by making our relationship with Jesus the most important thing in our lives.
God never changes, so when He is our top priority and reason for joy, we are never disappointed. When the source of our joy is unchanging we won’t lose our joy. When we allow Him to be our source for joy, it will spill over into the rest of our lives.