A Joy that Surpasses Happiness

“It may even seem at times that it’s the end of the world as you know it but deep within you, as you desire to track God’s will in Christ, you will always have a true inner sense of joy; a joy that surpasses happiness.”

1 Timothy 6:6
Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment.

Pastor and author, Clarence Macartney, in answer to the question, “Where is happiness?” once said, “Happiness is not found in pleasure. Lord Byron lived such a life if anyone did. But he wrote, ‘The worm, the canker, and the grief are mine alone.’ Happiness is not found in money either. Jay Gould, the American millionaire, had plenty of that. But when he was dying, he said, ‘I suppose I am the most miserable man on earth.’ Happiness is also not found in position and fame. Lord Beaconsfield enjoyed more than his share of both. But he wrote, ‘Youth is a mistake, manhood a struggle, and old age a regret.’”

What is happiness? Money can’t make you happy, many friends can’t make you happy, fame or status can’t make you happy and a life of pleasure can’t make you happy. I believe happiness is a state not a strife. In other words, happiness is not something we should strive for, rather it is the result of a state of contentedness. I have discovered that there is only one place true happiness can be found, irrespective of circumstances, and that is being content to walk in the perfect will of God.

God-tracking is happily desiring to walk with God and remain in his perfect plan, no matter what happens. His plans are for your wellbeing, peace and joy. He will never abandon you and will always meet your needs, in Christ. Be content with that. If you have completely handed over your life to love and serve God through Jesus Christ as Lord then you will be content with that and enjoy a journey of true happiness. This knowledge is, as the psalmist said, “Too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.”

Your walk with Jesus will take you through joys and sorrows. It may even seem at times that it’s the end of the world as you know it but deep within you, as you desire to track God’s will in Christ, you will always have a true inner sense of joy; a joy that surpasses happiness. Real happiness is contentedly walking in the will of God.

God-tracking is being happy with God’s track.

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I know you know the plans you have for me; plans for wellbeing, peace and happiness

“Dear Lord, thank you that Jesus came to make a way for me to know you and walk in your will. And I will be content with that. Indeed, I have many needs and dreams, O Lord, but I know you know the plans you have for me; plans for wellbeing, peace and joy. I know that you will never abandon me and you will, by your grace, meet all my needs and fulfil my dreams. I happily rest in this knowledge. Amen.”

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Dudley Anderson

Originally from South Africa, Dudley Andersen now lives in the UK where he heads up Sure Reality Media and pastors Cornerstone Family Church in Worcestershire. He is married to Karen-Leigh and has two children, Kerryn and Ryan. Dudley has a background in radio and has worked for Radio Pulpit, Impact Radio and Christian Vision. Since 2005 he has produced diverse content for various Christian stations. He is the author of God-Tracking Through the Year and Overflowing Hope and writes a weekly e-mail devotional called, GodTracker. Dudley is also a worship leader.

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