Happiness comes and goes like the tide, completely dependent on our circumstances for existence. But joy? Joy is eternal because its source is the faithfulness of God, which has never, nor will it ever, change. God is faithful.
When we choose to believe that the same God who was faithful in the past will be faithful in the future, we can experience true joy. Joy comes alive in us even when we know the Valley of the Shadow of Death to be our home address. Joy burgeons in the midst of darkness, grief, suffering and fear, because even though we do not see him now, we trust him.
In what ways have I forgotten the faithfulness of God?
In what relationships, times of day, or patterns of behavior have I chosen to believe I am on my own in this struggle?
When was the last time I considered my need for true Joy rather than happiness?