By C. A. Perkins
Romans 15:13 (KJV) Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
The one thing on everyone’s mind is “I want to be happy.” The pursuit of happiness is the driving force of every human being on this planet. There is always something more. “If only I had more money.” “If only I had a better car.” “If only that person liked me in return.” Happiness is dependent on the circumstances within our lives. If something goes wrong, we are not happy. Joy is different, however. The Bible talks about joy quite a bit. For example, look at James 1:2-3, “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” This is a powerful statement. We should be joyful when we are tempted and tried and put through the wringers. We should have peace of mind. You know why? Because in those moments, you get to put your faith into action. It’s incredible when you get to show that the faith you talk so much about is truly powerful. Happiness is temporary, it only satisfies a person for a short time. Joy, though, true and unending joy, is eternal. Joy comes from the Lord. It is that feeling that one gets from following Him with their whole heart. As believers, we are called to do two things in life that bring us this kind of joy: worship God and serve God. That joy is contagious. People notice that there is something different about you when you trust the Lord and find your peace in Him. When we make God happy, he rewards us with peace of mind and joy. Look at Hebrews 13:15-16, “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” Worship and serve, those are the keys to a joyful life.