Are you in a good mood today? Do you feel happy today? Do you think feeling happy is the same thing as being joyful?
The Bible has a lot to say about joy, and it actually doesn’t have a lot to do with how you feel or if you’re having a good time.
Joy is more about what you believe about God and trusting His promises.
So can you be joyful even when you’re not happy? Yes.
Can you be joyful even when you’re sad and grieving? Also yes. The Apostle Paul described this in 2 Corinthians 6:10, “Being full of sorrow, and yet rejoicing.”
So what does the Bible mean by being joyful? The Bible Project has a great animated video: