6th Advent Blog - Are You Insulting Jesus?
But what if? What if he told me that I had to wait longer. I don't think happiness would have been the word that could be used to describe my attitude. However, even though I would not have been happy, I was reminded this morning in my devotional time that I could still have joy.
There is a very real distinction between happiness and joy. Happiness is based on circumstances. It occurs when everything seems to be going well in our lives. Joy is not based on circumstances; it is based on our relationship with Jesus.
Jesus said in John 15:11, "These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full."
This morning I was reading My Utmost for His Highest a devotional by Oswald Chambers. The day's devotion was entitled "My joy..Your joy." He wrote these words:
"What was the joy that Jesus had? Joy should not be confused with happiness. In fact, it is an insult to Jesus Christ to use the word "happiness" in connection with Him. The joy of Jesus was His absolute self-surrender and self-sacrifice to His Father-the joy of doing that which the Father sent Him to do. Jesus prayed that our joy might continue fulfilling itself until it becomes the same joy as His. Have I allowed Jesus Christ to introduce His joy to me?"
I am very happy this morning but that happiness is a result of the doctor's words "You can drive." But even if he had told me to wait, while I would not be happy, I could still be filled with the joy of the Lord. How about you today? Things may not be going well for you and happiness might not be the word that describes you today. But, you can still experience the joy that comes from a relationship with Jesus.
Remember the words of Nehemiah 8:10, "And do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."