Does God Want Me To Be Sad? (The Truth)
“Then the young woman will rejoice with dancing, while young and old men rejoice together. I will turn their mourning into joy, give them consolation, and bring happiness out of grief.” (Jeremiah 31:13 HCSB)Advertisement
God desires that we have joy in our lives. Joy is actually a fruit of The Spirit (God’s Spirit). His desire is for us to have such abundant life and be truly joyful and peaceful.
Here’s The Truth:
- The enemy comes to steal our joy– Satan hates you and me. Yes, hates. Therefore, anything he can do to make our life miserable, he will try. John 10:10 says, “A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.” Jesus has came to give us so much life. His desire is for us to have it all. “Every generous act and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights; with Him there is no variation or shadow cast by turning.” (James 1:17 HCSB)
- God’s presence brings joy– “You reveal the path of life to me; in Your presence is abundant joy; in Your right hand are eternal pleasures.“ (Psalm 16:11 HCSB). Joy is a fruit of The Spirit. That means it’s a characteristic of God. So if joy is part of who He is, we can conclude that God brings joy and wants us to be joyful. Again, Jesus came to give us abundant life and joy is part of that. When we live in His Presence and in the awareness of Him being with us, there is joy. When we live in peace with Him, there is so much joy!
- It’s we who decide whether to respond in sorrow or joy– No matter what goes on in our life we get to choose how we respond to it. Whether we will become better, or we will become bitter. Whether we will run to God and abide in His joy; or if we will wallow around in our sorrow trying to fix it alone. God gives us the choice. He offers His perfect sacrifice of His Son, but won’t “make you” take it. It’s there though, for all who will come– to come. We have the choice, but He has given us the best option. His name is Jesus Christ. 🙂
So does God what you to be sad? … No, God wants you to see the light in all situations.