“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (v.8)We said yesterday that pleasure and Christian joy cannot be equated because pleasure depends on circumstances — Christian joy does not. Another difference is this — pleasures come and go. Look back over your life for a moment and think of the changing things that have given you pleasure over the years. Perhaps, when you were a child, it was a bicycle that brought you pleasure. Or a football. Or a doll. Then when you entered your teens, it was something else. A relationship, perhaps — or a sport. In later years, the things that gave you pleasure changed again. The theatre, books, an armchair … the things that give us pleasure change with changing years. But the joy of God is constant. Yet another difference between pleasure and joy is this — pleasure satiates. It is easy to have too much. And when the point of satiety is passed, a sense of revulsion sets in. The things for which we crave become repulsive to us. Joy, however, never satiates. A Christian says: “We have enough, yet not too much to long for more.” A final difference between pleasure and joy is that pleasure always remains superficial. It is like a Christmas party in a home where there is no true understanding of Christmas — a party, but a party without purpose; a coronation, but no monarch. Joy, however, is deep. It bubbles beneath the personality, no matter what the circumstances. Joy, supernatural joy, is true bliss. Prayer:Gracious Father, fill me with this joy as I go out to face the world today. For the world is sad and I must not add to its gloom. Help me to radiate Your joy wherever I go. In Jesus’ Name I ask it. Amen.
For Further StudyHabakkuk 3; Hebrews 10:34; 1 Peter 4:12-13 1. What was Habakkuk’s testimony?2. Why could he say this?