Happy Today! Faith and Trust enable joy in all circumstances.

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Ever considered what it takes to feel joy all the time, in good times and when facing trials and tribulations? Do you realize that as long as you have breath, which is a gift from God, you have a reason to worship and praise God? Have you ever considered that for it to be Happy Today only requires that you are alive and isn’t dependent upon what happens? If you ever need a reminder or wanted to create your own calendars using Word’s templates changing every day to be Happy Today() so you end up with Happy Sunday, Happy Monday, Happy Tuesday, etc, you can always check out Happy Today Calendars (happycalendars.com).

Finding Joy in Relationship with God

In a world often filled with challenges and uncertainties, finding joy and contentment can seem elusive. However, as followers of Christ, we are called to a different standard of living—one marked by faith and trust in God’s provision and sovereignty. Scripture provides us with timeless truths that remind us of the source of true happiness and joy, regardless of our circumstances.

Finding Joy in Trials and Tribulations

The book of Philippians is a treasure trove of wisdom on the topic of joy and contentment. In Philippians 4:4, the apostle Paul exhorts believers, saying,

"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice." 

Here, Paul emphasizes the importance of finding joy in our relationship with the Lord, rather than in our external circumstances. Key takeaway: Our joy is not dependent on what happens around us but on our relationship with God. Application: Cultivate a habit of rejoicing in the Lord daily, acknowledging His goodness and faithfulness, regardless of your circumstances.

Finding Joy in God’s Presence

Additionally, in James 1:2-3, we are encouraged to consider it pure joy when we face trials of various kinds because the testing of our faith produces perseverance. This passage reminds us that even in the midst of trials and tribulations, we can experience joy knowing that God is using our difficulties to strengthen and refine us. Key takeaway: Trials can lead to spiritual growth and should be viewed as opportunities to deepen our faith. Application: Approach challenges with an attitude of joy and trust in God’s plan, knowing that He is working all things together for our good (Romans 8:28).

Pursuing Happiness through Intimacy with God

Finally, Psalm 16:11 declares,

"You make known to me the path of life; in your presence, there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore." 

Here, the psalmist reminds us that true and lasting joy is found in God’s presence. As we abide in Him and draw near to Him in prayer and worship, we experience the fullness of joy that only He can provide. Key takeaway: Our pursuit of happiness should lead us to seek intimacy with God. Application: Make time for daily prayer, worship, and meditation on God’s Word, allowing His presence to fill you with joy and peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7).

Finding Lasting Joy in Faith

In a world of uncertainties, finding joy can seem elusive, yet as believers, we’re called to a life marked by faith and trust in God’s provision. Scripture teaches that true joy stems from our relationship with God, not our circumstances. Philippians urges us to rejoice in the Lord always, while James reminds us to find joy in trials, knowing they strengthen our faith. Psalm 16:11 assures us of fullness of joy in God’s presence. Thus, cultivating intimacy with God through prayer, worship, and trust in His plan enables us to experience lasting happiness that transcends life’s challenges. Let’s embrace each day with gratitude, knowing our joy comes from unwavering faith in the Lord.

Today’s Devotional:

This year, I am utilizing the 365 Daily Devotions book I received for Christmas, applying its teachings specifically in the context of fatherhood. It’s called WALKING WITH GOD by DAVID JEREMIAH. It’s exciting to get to learn from a new resource this year as we have tried different options the past two years and will keep working through this one for 2024. For more information about the author and his ministry, visit: DavidJeremiah.org.

Topic: Conditions for Happiness

Verse: Psalms 34:8

Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

Today’s devotional kicks off speaking to the meaning of when the Bible says blessed or happy and that it “comes from a verb that means ‘to go straight; to advance’. Interesting to consider that for us to be blessed we need to keep moving straight and advancing. Remember how in the Bible God speaks to not go to the left or to the right but to keep going straight? It was the first thing that came to mind when I read this in today’s devotional. It goes on to tells us how “it was originally used to refer to leading others straight ahead or in the right path, then to setting things right, and then to being right oneself.” So today, let’s be the dads who are working to make sure our wives, kids, and ourselves are in the best place, happy, and blessed.

Today’s devotional continues to compare how the world and the Bible differ when it comes to finding happiness or being happy or how to live a happy life. The Bible thirteen times uses the phrase “Blessed is the man who …” and few of them would ever be something the world would recommend. We need to learn from God’s Word and be the dads with pure spirit, trusting in God, and enduring temptation. Take some time to reflect on what is called the beatitudes provided by Jesus.

So today, let’s be the dads who are about God’s Word and pursing His conditions for happiness. As today’s devotional tells us, “if the conditions line up with the Bible’s, nothing else will make us or our families happier.”

To seek God is to desire happiness; to find Him is that happiness.


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