“Joy is not an emotion. Joy is a settled certainty that God is in control.” *
It was an unconscious thing, the deep receiving of this Truth, and the amazing, surprising side benefit of receiving the Joy. It probably happened over time, as I read and meditated upon and therefore subconsciously absorbed Scriptures that reinforced this truth.
I became indoctrinated with the Truth.
We need to allow the Holy Spirit to indoctrinate us with Truth.
We can only do that by spending time in His Word.
* From The Joy of Calvinism, by Greg Forster as reviewed by Joan Nienhuis.
** Now I'll get a sermon about this from my retired, Presbyterian minister-cousin, Rol, I'm sure!