You say what about me and my happiness and what I want? I would say, the world will offer you many things with its lusts and enticements , but all will come up empty, do not give in to them. Proverbs 1:10 We exist for God’s glory and our greatest joy and delight is found only in the Lord.
Our desire as Christians is not to be happy, our desire should be for the glory of the Lord and that will fill us with insurmountable joy.
What is Joy? This from a sermon I read by J.R. Miller
“Joy is the greatest paradox of life. It can grow in any soil, and live under any conditions. It defies environment. It comes from within; it is the revelation of the depths of the inner life—as light and heat proclaim the sun from which they radiate. Joy consists not of having—but of being; not of possessing—but of enjoying. It is the warm glow of a heart, at peace with itself.”
Joy is deeper than happiness. Happiness is the fruit of prosperous conditions. It is the outcome of fortuitous happenings, of favorable circumstances. Joy is independent of circumstances. It dwells in the heart—as a never-failing fountain. Happiness laughs when the sun shines—but grows sad when clouds gather. Joy sings on in all weathers and in all experiences.
Q. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. 1 Corinthians 10:31; Psalm 73:25-26
I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul will make its boast in the Lord; The humble will hear it and rejoice. 3 O magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together. 4 I sought the Lord, and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:1-4
“We have a statement of the chief end of man and the real purpose of life. What a high calling to magnify the Lord, to spend your life together for Christ.” Bob Jennings
and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria