There’s a Christian song in which the lyrics state,"You turned my mourning to dancing, You turned my sorrow to joy, You gave me beauty for ashes, you came and made my heart sing." Yet, we are still taken by surprise by all types of issues that plague us for one reason or another; and, we meet people every day who are in various state of sadness. Who can be happy all the time?
Being a Christian is not necessarily about happiness, it is about innate joy. Happiness is normally based on something or someone; it fluctuates based on the time, place and state of mind that you are in. Joy, on the other hand, is a state of being. It is understanding that God's Love for you supersedes the fluctuations of your day to day emotions, routines, or dilemmas. -You can have true Joy and still be saddened by the current state of events surrounding your life or daily routine. When the Bible speaks of Joy, it is really referring to a state of being. -A radical sense of inner peace that governs our understanding of every event, good or bad, happy or sad.
As Believers, we learn to live in the moment, but, hope in the future. The current events in our lives do not shape us. We hold fast to the Ultimate Power of God. It shapes our reaction to each event with the confidence of understanding that, good or bad, happy or sad, "This too shall pass.” -And ultimately, God is still in control. L.
**Now it is your turn to write your thoughts regarding today's verse in your journal.
Study Reference: Psalm 30:11, 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
From: "Your Thoughts: Joy!." In The Master's Hands: 365 Daily Devotions For Everyday Living.
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