Thursday, October 23, 2014
What is happiness to you? Does your happiness include God? I happen to be a grumbler who often finds things to be disappointed with. Rarely does a situation meet the expectations of what I think it should be. I wonder if God wants us to be happy, and if so, what should this happiness consist of? I recently read that another definition for the word, blessed - makarios in Greek, is happy. Scripture tells us the following will make us happy:
Happy are all who take refuge in him. (Psalm 2: 12)
Happy is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. (Psalm 32:1)
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Happy is the man who takes refuge in him! (Psalm 34:8)
Happy is the man who makes the Lord his trust. (Psalm 40:4)
May his name endure forever, his fame continue as long as the sun! May people be happy in him, all nations call him blessed! (Psalm 72:17).
We have every reason to be happy! We, as Christians, are grafted into God's family. We are adopted sons and daughters:
But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father." So you are no longer a slave, but God's child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir. (Galatians 4:4-7)
We are made new in Christ!
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us! (Philippians 4:13)
Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ! (Romans 8: 38-39)
Why do we grumble? We are blessed indeed!