And the Lord visited Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had spoken. For
Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken
to him. And Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him—whom Sarah bore to
Someone asked Joseph Haydn, the famous composer, why his music was so cheerful. He replied,
"I cannot make it otherwise. When I think upon God, my heart is so full of joy that the notes
dance and leap from my pen!"
This must have been the way that Abraham and Sarah felt. After Abraham waited 100 years and
Sarah reached the matronly age of 90, God gave them a son. Joy surely leapt and danced in their
In fact, they named their son Isaac, which means "laughter." Unlike the laughter of unbelief they
had engaged in earlier (Gen. 17:17, 18:12), this laughter percolated through a holy wonder at the
miracle in their life. It was a laughter of such unalloyed joy that all who heard it laughed with
The joy that began with the birth of Isaac, however, reached its crescendo in the birth of Jesus.
When the angels announced their heavenly message, they proclaimed, "Do not be afraid, for
behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people" (Luke 2:10, emphasis
Jesus said, "These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your
joy may be full" (John 15:11).
When was the last time you laughed for the sheer joy of your salvation? People are not attracted
to somber doctrines. There is no persuasive power in a gloomy and morbid religion. Let the
world see your joy and you won't be able to keep them away.
TO BE FILLED WITH COD IS TO HE FILLED WITH JOY.