Happy All The Time?

Inside-OutThe movie Inside Out is about how our different emotions are important to us as humans. The movie is about the life of a girl named Riley in the eyes of her emotions from the time of her birth. The emotions Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust help Riley’s journey through life. The problem is Joy tries to control every memory that Riley has to make sure that when she looks back at life she only sees happy memories. One day Sadness trips and touches some of Riley’s memories and brings in sadness in to Riley’s memory. At that point Joy and Sadness start a journey with Joy realizing that not every memory can be happy — sometime sadness has to be a part of life.

A couple weeks ago one of the women in Sunday school asked where some Christians get the idea that all Christians have to be happy all the time. Also if a Christian is not happy there must be something wrong with their spiritual life. There are Christians who are like Joy, all they want to do is focus on the joy of the Lord.  I did not say it at the time but the idea that all Christians have to be happy all the time is totally not biblical. Why would God make us with different emotions if we were to be happy all the time?

Through the Bible you can read about men and women of God who had moments in their lives that they struggle with darkness in their lives. All you have to do is read the book of Psalms. God called David a man after God’s own heart. If you read the Psalms that David wrote you can feel his pain. Here are few example of David crying out to God:

O Lord, hear me as I pray;
    pay attention to my groaning.
Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God,
    for I pray to no one but you.
Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord.
    Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly. Psalm 5:1-2

Save me, O God,
    for the floodwaters are up to my neck.
Deeper and deeper I sink into the mire;
    I can’t find a foothold.
I am in deep water,
    and the floods overwhelm me.
I am exhausted from crying for help;
    my throat is parched.
My eyes are swollen with weeping,
    waiting for my God to help me.
Those who hate me without cause
    outnumber the hairs on my head.
Many enemies try to destroy me with lies,
    demanding that I give back what I didn’t steal. Psalm 69:1-4

There is also Jeremiah who was known as the weeping prophet. Also the prophet Isaiah wrote that Jesus was a man of sorrow, Isaiah 53:3a

He was despised and rejected—
    a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.

We read in the Gospels about how Jesus cried and moaned for those he loved.

They told him, “Lord, come and see.” Then Jesus wept. The people who were standing nearby said, “See how much he loved him!” But some said, “This man healed a blind man. Couldn’t he have kept Lazarus from dying?” John 11:35-37

So next time tells you that you have to be happy all the time you can show then scriptures that will show them it is not true.


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