When we begin to realise that it is not our position in life that matters, but rather our position before God, then we can understand why joy can be found in the most unlikely places. Therefore, let the foundations of our joy be not in the ways of man, but in Christ Jesus. “For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of God.” (Heb. 12:2) Yes, true and eternal joy will always be about turning our eyes towards our Maker. The joy of the Lord is our strength, giving us courage and perseverance. Joy lies in the gift of hope given by Jesus, which is that one day all our troubles will pass away and we in Him will remain. We gain nothing from trusting in this world to relieve us from our sorrows. Jesus knew there would still be difficult days ahead, so by example, He persevered at the cross, and now Glorified, we can have the assurance that He keeps a place for those who love Him. We can endure because Christ endured. He said: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe in Me as well. In My Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and welcome you into My presence, so that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:1-3) Jesus would have felt the pain of knowing the circumstances which would befall His friends for the sake of His name. His words were like the words of comfort one speaks to a friend who is surely about to die. He says, “Look at me, don’t look at anything else around you. Everything is going to be all right. Everything is going to be all right. I am right here.” And with deep love, He departed this world for a time to advocate for His friends at the throne of God, to make a place for those whom He loves, and who love Him faithfully.