This is a weekly series with things I’m reading and pondering from Oswald Chambers. You can read the original seed thought here, or type “Thursdays With Oswald” in the search box to read more entries.
Happy Or Holy?
I have told you this so that My joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. (John 15:11)
It is an insult to God and to human nature to have as our ideal a happy life. Happiness is a thing that comes and goes, it can never be an end in itself; holiness, not happiness, is the end of man. The great design of God in the creation of man is that he might “glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” A man never knows joy until he gets rightly related to God. satan’s claim is that he can make a man satisfied without God, but all he succeeds in doing is to give happiness and pleasure, never joy.
From Bringing Sons Until Glory
We tend to pursue so many things that we think will make us happy, and quickly abandon anything that loses its “sparkle.” Yet Jesus promised us His joy. Think about that: His joy. Who could be more joy-filled than the One who knows the Father’s heart completely!
Don’t pursue happiness; pursue holiness, and joy will follow.
“The joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold.” (Nehemiah 8:10)