Happy: delighted, pleased, or glad, as over a particular thing,characterized by or indicative of pleasure, contentment, or joy
More often than not we equate happiness with something that is external, instead of coming from within. We feel that we will be happy once we have found that right person, landed that dream job, or move into a 3,000 square foot home that is in a brand new subdivision. We are always looking externally for people or things to make us happy. How about looking upward toward God, and allowing Him to feel us with inward joy that goes beyond just attaining mere happiness.
The emotion of happiness is depended upon external situations such as people or things. However, joy comes from within because it is something that only God can give. A person can be joyful whether they have met the right person or not, whether we have the dream job or work at McDonald’s. This is because joy is infused with expectation. Joy trusts in God, because it knows that God can turn things around in an instance. Joy confidently expect God to make the crooked places straight. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. Jeremiah 29:11. Joy knows that God has more than what we are experiencing at the moment. So the Joy of the Lord is our strength.
How do you attain the joy of the Lord? You attain the joy of the Lord by trusting in God. You trust that God has a hope and a future for you and you seek God in order to understand the plan He has for your life. You must attend a church where you are fed the unadulterated, uncompromising Word of God. Attach yourself to Godly people who can assist in guiding you in life. Do good deeds for others and assist them as you grow and develop in God. Study the Word of God and invest in study. Instead of buying those new Jordan concords, or a new cell phone invest that money into buying a good study bible and supplemental study materials. Delve into God’s Word. Allow God to show you who you are through His Word. Set aside time for yourself when you are doing nothing but medicating on your destiny in God and who you are in God. Accept the creation God made within you and remember “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well”. Psalms 139:14.