Fountain of Joy (Genesis 21)

                “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 we find when we pursue God with all of our hearts. God is the only source of true, unadulterated joy.

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

                Let us pursue the Lord instead.

                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.

                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 amid trials. Drink today from the fountain of joy.

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