Humans are wired to pursue personal happiness. The advertising industry and social media are built with one underlying goal in mind—to show us the way to happiness. Their solution–buy the right toothpaste; fix up your home in the latest style; or go here [insert favorite getaway] where you will most certainly find peace. Even our American Declaration of Independence asserts that we all have a God-given right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
But Scripture calls us to a deeper understanding. Rather than pursuing a happiness that is dependent on our circumstances, God offers us unending joy. Not joy that we must chase after, not joy that fluctuates like a Wi-Fi signal, and certainly not joy that is dependent upon our good behavior. God offers us Himself, and in His presence, we are surprised by joy.
This Sunday at Trinity Downtown, we’ll be continuing our series looking at the fruit that the Holy Spirit naturally develops into our lives as we follow Jesus. This Sunday, we’ll be focusing on joy, the fruit that we all seek but comes only by building daily communion with God.
If you are dismayed, disappointed and harassed in your pursuit of happiness, join us this weekend at Trinity Downtown as we gather to hear the Holy Spirit’s whispers of joy. It will make a world of difference in your life.