You know those seasons of life that leave you feeling unhappy?
Maybe you prayed for something and got the opposite.
Maybe you’ve wished your whole life to be somewhere you’re not.
Maybe people have disappointed you and relationships have left you unsatisfied.
Or maybe you feel like you’re standing in a puddle of purposelessness.
The cries of “God, anywhere but here! Anything but this!” echo loud in your heart and you feel unhappy.
First, I’d like to say that you are not alone. The Bible is full of stories of God’s people dealing with sadness and discontentment. I deal with sadness and discontentment. You’re not alone.
Second, I’d like to tell you that it is time to do something about this unhappiness. As Christians, joy is one of the beautiful gifts of our salvation. “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.” [1 Peter 1:8]
Faith = Hope. Hope = Joy.
Therefore, we have all reason to be joyful – to work on this deep within ourselves so that we can say with confidence, “It is well with my soul.”
I don’t want to offer you 5 Steps to Being More Joyful or The Key to Getting Happy. Because, if I’m honest, I don’t believe that five steps or some secret will help you with this, dear one.
Here’s the honest truth: joy comes from the heart. So, when you have a joy problem, you have a heart problem.
And I believe that heart problem is rooted in what Jeremiah 2 calls “broken cisterns”.
“For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.” [Jeremiah 2:13]
Broken cisterns are anything that we choose to put our faith and hope in apart of Christ. In other words, they represent the idols of our hearts.
Things like money, beauty, future plans, a person, a place, an idea. It could be the deep-rooted belief that you’d be happier somewhere else or with someone else. Maybe it’s the loud dissatisfaction with your weight or your home.
When we put our hope and our faith in these things – these broken cisterns of our heart – we lose sight of the very gift of Living Water in Jesus.
So the solution to our unhappiness isn’t taking five steps. Rather, it’s reorienting our hearts to the Living Water.
It’s saying yes to God & only God.
Walk with me over the Arabah Joy blog where I share a story about a big unanswered prayer and how I’ve chosen to say yes to God alone. We’re in it together, friend!
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