A Sure Thing

Happiness

Not always happy…

Living in a world where

things are missed and messed up.

Tears and terror,

sadness and strife.

The wondering of why?

death after life.

Frustration and fear,

losing out, giving up

Giving in,

nagging doubt.

 Life. In. Sin.

But into the darkness,

He came that day.

Held out His hand,

showed me the way.

It’s not about happiness,

that’s fickle and spoiled.

Joy comes from God

not from this world.

Yes, I still smile

and have days that are great.

But only because

Christ took my place.

Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”  Nehemiah 8:10 NIV

Joy is a choice. It depends not on what happens to be going on in my life from day to day or week to week. Happiness is like riding a roller coaster, life throws the good and bad at me and I just hang on. Emotions are fickle. They come and they go. I cannot count on happiness.

On the other hand joy is a sure thing. Joy comes from knowing the Lord. He is solid. He is trustworthy. He does not change at whim. He is the rock that I cling to when life happens. That relationship brings pure joy. It is like no other. It cannot be repossessed, replaced, mistaken, or moved. Jesus is the One that I can count on, no matter what happens in this life.

And that gives me great and abiding joy.

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