“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” (Psalm 16:11)
Real and lasting joy is found in the presence of the Lord. We see this in play through the a story of King David found in 1 Chronicles 16.
Peace? Did Jesus come to bring us the absence of conflict or something else?
Matthew 10:34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword."
Jesus came to uproot the things (priorities, family, agendas...) that we put in the place only the Sovereign God can hold.
Judges 12 opens with the close of the story of Jephthah, judge of Israel. He was used by God...but he cannot be seen as a hero apart from the consequences of his weak theology and insecurities. Jesus came to bring us into a different type of kingdom, one Jephthah could never have imagined.