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– He who heeds the Word wisely shall find good – and whoever trusts in the Lord; happy is he. – Proverbs 16:20

– God may allow His servant to succeed when He has disciplined him to a point where he does not need success to be happy.  The man elated by success but cast down by failure is still a carnal man.  At best his fruit will have a worm in it. – A.W. Tozer

The world will give us 1,000-plus suggestions and solutions throughout our lives on how to become – and stay happy.  Some may seem to “work” for us – for various amounts of time.  A successful and strong marriage – or lots of bucks in our bank account – can deceive us into making that decision we are finally “happy” once and for all.  Until our worst fears are realized one day – when it goes away (Job 3:25).

Until perhaps – a person who swore up and down they would love you forever and never leave – gets up the very next morning and walks away without warning.  Or, maybe a major medical event drains life savings; money you may have set aside to enjoy retirement.  A once happy time has led to hardships, hurt, and heartache, and people start hunting for happiness all over again.  It can all be exhausting. 

This world’s ways to attain and maintain happiness are all quite cosmetic and conditional – contingent upon its motions and our emotions.  Trying to stay happy like this often puts us on a daily roller-coaster ride of highs and lows.  Somewhere on the straight and flat parts when we can breathe, we attempt to figure out if we are truly happy inside our hearts, or if saying such is just hollow words from our lips.

Empty souls lead to envy and covetousness (Titus 3:3, Luke 12:15).  We might see what someone else has in the way of possessions – or look at ways they are living – and it appears to be making them happy – so we try to follow suit.  Without us ever really knowing if they’re masking happiness with fake smiles and feigned words – but who are also still searching for lasting satisfaction inside (Proverbs 27:20).

God – and the ways of His Word to attain happiness are to provide us a continual and steady sense of contentment and happiness.  It’s internal, so this feeling should always stay the same, regardless of any external situation (Philippians 4:11).  All of God’s promises are yeses (2 Corinthians 1:20).  We truly can attain such happiness without it ever wavering; but it has to be achieved His way (Proverbs 1:7).

Happiness starts with heavenly discipline – and He assures all born again Christians (John 3:5) this will happen because of His love.  It will not seem joyous – and we won’t feel happy while it’s happening to us (Hebrews 12:6-11).  However, God’s intent is for us to yield all the peaceable fruits required to be brought forth in keeping with His commandment to repent (Matthew 3:8, Galatians 5:22-23, Acts 17:30).

Therefore, “choosing” or “deciding” to be happy as a Christian is not the way it works – for such will lead to the same spiritual highs and lows this world’s way to happiness creates.  It puts us on a roller coaster ride full of sudden dips and rises in our faith.  Therefore, our road to lasting happiness begins with heavenly discipline – and we’re to be happy when God corrects us.  We’re not to despise His chastening (Job 5:17).

All of this daily discipline is designed to teach the patience God requires of us to endure until the end – and made partakers of Jesus Christ (James 5:11, Hebrews 3:14, Hebrews 10:36).  This means our salvation.  We may have to endure many temptations and trials, depending on how much of our old worldly man God has to correct (2 Corinthians 5:17).  We are to count it all joy; regardless (James 1:2-4).

So, when we suffer for righteousness’ sake, we will be happy (1 Peter 3:14).  So, when we are reproached for the name of Christ, we’ll be happy (1 Peter 4:14). So, we learn to be happy having faith to ourselves (Romans 14:22).  So we do not turn Christianity into a competition – and a battle for happiness between believers – for such leads to every evil work before God (2 Corinthians 10:12, James 3:14-16).

If we are not continually happy as Christians, we have nowhere near the trust in God we may claim – nor are we really following in Christ’s steps (lead verse, Luke 6:46, 1 Peter 2:21).  Our happiness is still contingent on a constantly changing world.  It all usually hinges on whether life is basically going the way we want it to – or not at any given time – not upon a God who never changes (Malachi 3:6).

A.W Tozer, who wrote the lead quote above, once said that if we want to be happy as Christians, we have to be made holy from above – for this is God’s desire for us the second He draws us to the Cross (John 6:44, 1 Peter 1:16).  From this point on, we should be simply seeking to know – and to do His will each day (Romans 12:2, Ephesians 5:17) – and leaving it to Jesus the matter of how happy we are.

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– For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation – not to be repented of; but the sorrow of the world works death. – 2 Corinthians 7:10

– “Oh, this glorious sadness, that brings me to my knees.” – “Angel” written and sung by Sarah McLachlan, copyright 1997

Have you ever experienced a period of sadness in your life – and you didn’t know why?  Nobody had died, you really weren’t crying over anything, and yet your soul seemed stuck in a state of sorrow.  It may have been such an overwhelming feeling of sadness – it felt like it had become a large part of your every day being.  Perhaps it’s how you feel today.  Perhaps you’re wondering if it will ever end.

Being sad, though – is not always a bad thing – depending on if it’s coming from above or below (lead verse).  If you’re still lost and unbelieving, and not yet born again of the Holy Spirit – sadness can be a very strong indicator God has finally convicted you of your sinful nature with His sorrow – so He can baptize you with His gift of the Holy Ghost.  So you will finally remit sin and repent unto salvation – and no longer be sorry about sin for just a season (2 Corinthians 7:8-10).

Being sad as a believer can be a good thing.  It could be a strong indicator we still experience guilt and remorse when we disobey God and displease Him – because we have not remitted and repented of certain sins yet.  We haven’t become so smug and secure with our eventual salvation –  we can no longer blush (Jeremiah 6:15) about transgressions.  How can we be sad if we ever believe we don’t have any more sin in us – or any capacity to sin again (1 John 1:8-10)?

Our hearts can be made better by the sadness of our countenance as Christians (Ecclesiastes 7:3).  Happiness comes when God corrects and chastises us for our sins (Job 5:17).  As many as He loves, He rebukes (Revelation 3:19).  If we are ever unable to be sad and sorrowful over sin anymore as believers, how can we become happy?  How can we ever give Him glory in all things (Romans 11:36)  … including while we’re being disciplined (Hebrews 12:6-11)?

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