It is common these days to talk and act as if the Lord's desire is to keep locked up every possibility for joy and we must escape His bonds if we have any hope of happiness. Look at who really has a vested interest in our joy, however, and who has an interest in preventing us from attaining it. The Lord certainly doesn't; He created us out of love when He could have remained quite content without our existence. What He does have a vested interest in, is a good relationship with us, freeing us from sin, bestowing blessings upon us, increasing our joy. We were imprisoned in our sin, not so we could remain there, but so we could experience the full freedom and love of God's mercy.