“I know God just wants me to be happy”

There it is: the card that people play to justify actions they know deep down are wrong.

Is our happiness really the main point of the good life as a disciple of Jesus? is that God’s main priority for us?

The world’s idea of happiness is directly tied to circumstances. If our circumstances are favorable, then we’re happy. If not, then we’re not.

But circumstances change all the time. Then we allow those vacillating circumstances to dictate our happiness. Outward forces control our inward feelings.

I think God has something better for us than happiness. God desires that we experience joy, that settled state of contentment, confidence, and hope that only comes from trusting Him.

Three reasons joy is better than chasing happiness

  1. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). In the Bible, fruit is a symbol of character. The list of fruit of the Holy Spirit in Galatians 5 should naturally flow out of Christians’ lives when have they God inside them. If you have the Spirit, you will have joy! This is a fundamental difference between joy and happiness. We attempt to find happiness from favorable ciircumstances, but we receive joy only as a gift from the favorable God.
  2. Joy is built on a person named Jesus; happiness on circumstance. Joy will always be wherever Jesus and His Spirit are. No matter what I go through, I can have joy because my God is with me. Now just so we’re clear, joy is not always laughing, smiling or being silly. Don’t confuse joy with upbeat feelings.
  3. Joy is a command from Scripture. Nothing is more confusing to the world than for God’s people to say they have joy in their hearts while they have misery on their faces. Philippians 4:4. When should we rejoice? ALWAYS. Not…when everything is going your way or when everything makes sense of if you feel like it. It’s not a suggestion. This is a command to rejoice at all times, no matter what is going on.

Remember, God is with you.

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