“Those who look to Him for help are happy; their faces are not ashamed.”
“He that handles a matter wisely shall find good: and whoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he.”
“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.”
Happiness. An emotion many spend a majority of their lives trying to gain, but do not realize they already obtain it. Artificial happiness is often temporary, when the focus of that joy is on something that was never meant to provide lasting joy. Even when someone has all of the trappings of our society, which are supposed to supply happiness, there can remain an emptiness that no earthly joy was ever meant to fill. Ironically, children in dire poverty can have a far greater joy than children who have every luxury.
Acquiring this genuine happiness is then not found in anything on this earth, because it all fades away anyway. God does provide happiness to us through blessings in this life, but these blessings were never meant to be our complete joy. Blessings of this life were meant to foster a love and thankfulness to our God who provides them, and ultimately to be used to glorify the Giver of our lives and all the blessings that He gives us.
Few find the true joy that a relationship with God brings. We are easily distracted and focused on things that appeal to the flesh that we can forget the happiness that comes from a simple life hidden in Christ. Rising up in the morning to our routine, we can rush past moments with God if we do not choose to abide in Him and let Him fill our hearts to overflowing with Himself.
If we really believed and knew the kind of joy God could give us, we would run to Him. He longs to have us fulfilled in Him. This does not mean we will not have to endure sad moments, but it does mean we can have a joy in the midst of those times. He is our source of joy and delighting in Him is our strength for all of life’s ups and downs.
Lord, what a good God You are, who wants to fill us with joy. Be our joy and help us to recognize how blessed we are in You.
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