What Jesus Did! 'The Joy of the Holy Spirit' — Luke 10:21

Wednesday, July 5, 2023

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At that same time Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit, and he said, "O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike. Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way."
— Luke 10:21 NLT

Key Thought

Joy is a sign of the Spirit's presence. [1] It was in Jesus' day, and it is in our day. For Jesus, the basis of this joy included God's plan to reveal his truth, grace, and hope to the childlike — not to those the world classifies as wise and clever. Understanding of God's truth is very much like spiritual joy; it is a gift from the Spirit's work in our lives. [2]

[1] For example, Romans 14:17; Galatians 5:22-23; 1 Thessalonians 1:6.
[2] John 14:16-17.

Today's Prayer

Holy and loving Father, God all gracious, thank you for giving me your truth and your joy as gifts with the presence of your Spirit in my life. May I never take these gifts for granted! For all of your many blessings and all the varied nuances of your grace, I praise and thank you in Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Acts 15:32
  • Romans 14:17
  • 1 Corinthians 2:13-15


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Illustration of Luke 10:21 NLT — "O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike."

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

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