When you receive good news and tragic news at the same time you are left wondering how you should react. Should you rejoice and then mourn, should you mourn altogether! It is then that the lie of living for the moment is exposed!
But even when there is momentary happiness isn’t there a fear of how long it will last! What happens the following day when it’s only a dream, even worse when tomorrow brings with it tragedy! Will the memory of past joy soothe the pain of the soul or only remain a bitter memory of what once was?
I find then that if joy is only governed by the moment then it’s merely a fleeting sensation that will disappear with time. Not to say we cannot really be momentarily happy but that we cannot be truly happy this way.
True happiness I believe comes from long term security and unwavering assurance that all is and will continue to be well. The very philosophy of momentary joy actually affirms this in seeking to ignore reality and focus on the moment alone. But who can have such kind of assurance under the sun you ask?
Christians have this joy
Well, believe it or not, such kind of joy is only limited to those whose future is guaranteed. Knowing where this life is headed and the security of our eternal spiritual blessings then we can truly rejoice at the moment even when we go through the difficulties of this life. Not because we become blind to reality but that we see this life in its truest reality, the way God sees it as revealed in his Word, the Bible.
9 he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfilment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1.