Most of us experience joy, but how can we keep joy in our life? Is it possible?
Regardless of what people might believe, the Bible never promises Christ followers happiness. God’s Word never declares, “I want you to be happy” or “I promise you happiness,” so happiness is not a promise of God, though it can be a product of a promise of God. For example, believers have been spared from the wrath of God, however “the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth” (Rom 1:18). It should grieve us that unbelievers will face God’s wrath, but it should please us that God has not appointed us unto His wrath (1st Thess 5:9), however happiness is not a promise of God because Jesus said that “the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matt 7:14) and we must “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able” (Luke 13:24). Even though we experience many trials in life, our happiness doesn’t have to depend on our circumstances. We must be like Jesus “who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb 12:2). Happiness is based upon “happenings” or circumstances, so happiness may be hard to hold onto because it can come and go, and do so quickly.