We think about happiness, the laughter and smiles.
It’s our goal, what we hope to find.
We’ll be happy when we get that new job, a larger home, or visit our dream destination. It’s out there ahead of us, and we can have it if we work hard enough.
Joy is our better choice.
What’s the difference? Happiness is a response to an immediate circumstance. We meet an old friend … our car gets especially good gas mileage … or we find our favorite shoes on sale. Those things make us happy for a time.
Joy is long term. If our friend disappoints us, our joy in our family remains. When our gas mileage slips or we must buy our shoes at full price, our sadness doesn’t displace our anticipation of other good things in our life.
The Word of God says joy is the better of the two. Let’s look at 3 Calls for Joy from the Bible.
Call No. 1:
Habakkuk 3:18 tells us:
“Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.”
Our salvation in the Lord is a treasure that lasts for a lifetime and beyond. It is a source of unending joy.
Call No. 2:
Psalm 33:21 tells us:
“For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.”
Our trust in God can give us joy even in the desperate moments of our lives.
Call No. 3:
1 Peter 1:8 tells us:
“Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory.”
Because we believe in the Father, even though we have not seen him, we can rejoice with upwelling joy.
Happiness as a goal is great. We can anticipate the surge of emotions, but we cannot expect it to last. Our joy in God can be ours for a lifetime. We find it through Jesus our Lord and Savior.
When we focus on Christ, we uncover what’s truly important in life.
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