"I see more clearly than ever, that the first great and primary business to which I ought to attend every day is to have my soul happy in the Lord."
Do you know who said this? It was not Joel Osteen in his best-seller, Your Best Life Now, or some other popular TV preacher. It was George Muller. I do agree with Muller's statement that only by being truly happy and joyful in the Lord will we glorify Him consistently. It is Him that we must seek, not only to know and glorify Him, but also because He is the only one who can do for us what Muller is recommending here.
Why is Muller right? Because when we are happy in Him, others will see the evidence of the reality of God on our lives. If am contented, peaceful, joyful, satisfied, daily walking in fullness and freshness of life, truly happy in the Lord Jesus--then will people take notice of the greatest reality--a person that is actually like God in some real measure. It is then that they cannot deny or argue with true Christianity. After all, which kind of person reflects the Lord Jesus Christ?--
1. a depressed, gloomy, sad, somber and discontented person who is always under the weight of difficulty
2. one who evidences inner reality and joyful satisfaction regardless of difficulties
If I were an unbeliever, I would be only attracted to the second kind of person and I would only be open to the faith they profess.
"Happy in the Lord."--has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?
- Mack Tomlinson