It is easy for me to be happy when things are going good in my life. But to be of good cheer when life is hard, that is a difficult thing to do. I have however met some people that no matter what they are going through, they are always smiling - trusting God seems to be so easy for them.
How do they do it?
Most of us experience times of happiness. It is because happiness is a natural result of good and positive happenings in our life. We are happy when we have a good job with a good salary. We are happy when we are in love and that person treats us like we want to be treated. We are happy when life treats us good!
But what happens when life is not treating you fairly? You might have discovered that the problem with positive happenings is that they never last forever. So when circumstances are not good, it is difficult to be happy. Our mood and our faces reflect what we go through!
There is however a difference between happiness and joy!
The Bible says in Psalm 4:7
“You have put more joy and rejoicing in my heart…”
People that have joy, regardless of their circumstances, are people that spend time in God’s presence, they are connected to Him and He is the source of their joy, not their circumstances!
Psalm 16:11 says:
You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.
Do you need some joy? Spend some time in His presence; you will experience fullness of joy!