|Brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials...|
WHAT IS JOY?
To understand what joy really means, we have to first understand what it does not mean. Joy is not happiness. Happiness is when you are content with your "happenings", or the things that are going on in your life. Let's say you have alot of friends. Your mom and dad have a great marriage. You get a good allowance. You are happy because of your "happenings".
But what if all your friends told you to get lost? What if your house burned down and your parents split up? How would you feel then? Probably not very happy. Why? Because your "happenings" are in the dumps.
There was a man in the Old Testament named Job. In one day he had everything taken from him-his kids, his property-everything! But look how he dealt with his bad happenings.....
Joy doesn't depend upon what is "happening" around us or to us. Joy looks only to God and trusts in Him. This doesn't mean that when trials happen to us that we won't be sad or unhappy. But what it does mean is that we will get through them. God is using these trials to teach us to depend upon Him and rely on His goodness.