I did not ask him to post this, but my friend Brandon has a great set of comments made on verses pertaining to the fact that joy in God is essential to the nature of saving faith. Let these short, pithy statements on this much neglected part of the gospel stir you affections for the God that saves us completely. The following is all from the pen of Brandon Freeman.
A woman from Samaria had gone to draw water and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink. She said to him, ‘How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” Jesus answered her, “if you know the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water. The shock in this was not that Jesus was asking this woman for physical water, a Samaritan, but that this woman wasn’t asking Jesus for spiritual water. “Everyone who drinks of this water that I will give him will never be thirsty again” (13). To drink of Christ is to never be thirsty again, for He has satisfied the quenched soul.
After feeding the five thousand at the beginning of chapter 6, Jesus says, “Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you” (27). “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst” (35). To believe in Christ is to come to Him and be filled, to have your hunger and thirst satisfied.
The people after being saved from Egypt, complain about manna and water. It gets to the point in Numbers 14 where they are planning to go back to Egypt. “Would it not be better for us to go back to Egypt?” Upon hearing this, Moses and Aaron fall on their face before the people. God says to Moses in verse 11, “How long will this people despise me? And how long will they not believe in me, in spite of all the signs that I have done among them?” The question of belief was centered on knowing God rightly and savoring God supremely. Unbelief at its root in Numbers, was loving the things of Egypt more than loving God.
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” The picture of conversion, that is, turning from oneself and trusting in Christ includes being satisfied in Christ, for He is the treasure of the world.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing. It’s in believing that we are filled with joy.”
“Without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” The faith that pleases God is the confidence that God will reward us when we come to him. He rewards us with Himself, the companionship of Christ.