If you’re happy and you know say….
The permeating attitude among so many Christians is the perception that you cannot be a Christian and have prolonged sorrow. Man, I dislike that. A visiting professor at the seminary I attended started class be asking how we were doing. Someone replied, “alright under the circumstances.”
The professor preceded to tell us how we need to “get out from under our circumstances.” Well bless his heart ain’t that some pious holier than thou advice! We got the berating about how happy we ought to be because of Christ and his love, his death, his burial and his resurrection for all he gives to us.
Granted, obvious reason to rejoice. No question, but everyone gets down now and again. Bet even he did. However it didn’t stop him from laying a guilt trip on so many because they weren’t happy!
Just the same though, it is my belief that superficial happiness is just as wrong as he thought no happiness was. Both are wrong.
I recall this statement of truth…
For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot,
And like a root out of parched ground;
He has no stately form or majesty
That we should look upon Him,
Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him. He was despised and forsaken of men,
A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
And like one from whom men hide their face
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. (Isaiah 53:2, 3 NASB)
The man referred to here is Jesus The Christ. His grief was prolonged and was experienced on more than one occasion. He is described as a man of sorrow.
Wonder if He ever hid His sorrow? Is it wrong to hide it? Cover it up? Or to suppress it without it really going away.
I recall the statement that “happiness comes and goes, but joy remains.”
Then he said to them, “Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10 NASB)
Until next time,