Genesis 21 (January 21)

                                                                                                  Fountain of Joy

            “God has brought laughter for me…”

            Does God want us to be happy or to love Him?  I believe it’s the latter.  Happiness is one of those things, that we find when we are pursuing God with all of our hearts.  God is the only source of true, unadulterated joy.

            The pursuit of happiness is considered a “right” among the American people.   The fact is, however, that true happiness can’t be found in parties, drinks, and drugs.  For others happiness is commensurate to their wealth or possessions, but in reality none of these things can bring true, lasting happiness.

            Sarah’s laughter was not an evil mockery, not even a fleeting happiness.  She laughed from a heart inundated with pure joy.  She was thankful to God for her newborn son Isaac, a miracle child.

            Joy is planted in the heart of every Christian at the moment of conversion.  Joy is part of the fruit of the Holy Spirit; therefore joy is (or should be) an integral part of our lives.  We do not need to go anywhere, buy anything or fall into sin to be happy.  Remember, we already have joy.

            Happiness is an emotion driven by circumstances, but Joy comes from above.

            Happiness is temporary, but Joy in Christ is eternal

            Happiness can be bought, but Joy is the gift of God to his beloved children

            Jesus is the overflowing fountain of joy.  He can bring genuine laughter to those who suffer.  He never promised the absence of tribulations, but he did promise his comforting and joyous presence even in the midst of our trials.

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