Then he said to them, “Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
You may want to buckle up for the reading of this blog, as I just got home from a revival meeting. Every time I find myself sitting in a pew receiving what God has for me, I just want more. I can never get enough and I don’t want to settle for just being happy, I want to be filled with joy! Now, as I write this some will not understand where I am going with this, but just hang on, the ride might be bumpy, but I promise you, we will arrive safely and with maybe you will have an awakening of the spirit you never had before.
In today’s society, we have a million “Happily Ever Afters”, all the Disney movies have it and the best romantic novels and we all have dreams of having it, however, what strength do we actual derive from it? In the end, maybe we had a 50 year “Happily Ever After” marriage, but was there a gain? Was there any real fruit from it? Perhaps we were just settling for the worlds version of joy, calling it good and just being content to stay where we were so as not to “Rock the Boat”. The world has it’s counterfeits to everything of God, so could it be that happy is just a counterfeit for joy? Yes I know happy is in the Bible, but joy is mentioned many more times and seems to have a more serious side to it.
Now before anyone gets offended, I want to clearly state that these are my own opinions and just seems to be what is on my heart after the revival meeting tonight. I myself do not want to just settle for accepting Jesus into my life and living an ordinary “happy” life, I want my life to count for something, which means I will need to go against the ideals of the world and in order to do this, the joy of the Lord will need to be my strength. Settling is something we all do in the flesh. Some of us are more competitive though when it comes to the things of God and we cannot get our Spirit Man to just settle for the ordinary, it always wants more. There comes a point in one’s life where they need to make a conscience decision and check their flesh at the door so they can continue forward into the purpose God has for their lives. So many people get so busy trying to be happy they never get to feel real joy. Real joy only comes from God and is found when searching the things of God in one’s life.
Yes, I desire to be happy in life, yet I know there is more to God than just being happy so to speak. There is this indescribable feeling you get when you are at the altar and worshiping God with all that is within you, joy, unspeakable joy. Here too we could just settle for staying in our pews and singing songs, not worshiping and appear to be happy, however after some one on one encounters with the Holy Spirit, true joy from worship only comes when one is surrendered in worship and the focus is solely on Jesus and not the band. Happy is going to a concert and seeing your favorite band play, joy is found in worshiping God for who He is and what He has done for us.
Do you see my point in this? God wants us to be happy for sure, yet He calls us to a deeper purpose and that is where joy is found. Take for instance my writing “Be Blessed” on coffee cups. God showed this to me awhile back and I thought to myself, “How silly! Really God? What if I offend someone?”. Well, God has shown me several times that I am actually making a difference in peoples lives with those simple writings on a silly styrofoam cup. I get reports at least twice a month about stories of how those two words made someones day and that just brings me great joy, a joyous feeling in my spirit that makes me want to dance because it is Kingdom work and God gets all the glory.
So in this short life, I want to increase my joy and find more than a “happy medium”. I want the fullness of what God has for me and will not settle for just being happy with what have. I am a child of God, a princess and one who has the favor of the Lord at all times. God loves us so much He wants to be the Joy that is our strength. So, don’t worry, you can still be happy, but I think you will be missing out on the true purpose God has for your life. If your only goal in life is to be happily married with two kids, a dog, a house and a nice car, truly this is not your destiny but the normalcy of the world. In the end of this life do you want to fit into the worlds standards and be happy or do you want to see the things of God and be filled with a joy that no worldly words can really describe? The choice is truly up to you, but as for me, I am seeking joy.