Devotional: Joy is greater in God than possessions
"You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound." - Psalm 4:7
"Worldly people inquire for good, not for the chief good; all they want is outward good, present good, partial good, good meat, good drink, good trade, and a good estate; but what are all these worth?" This was asked by Matthew Henry. What good, in the end, is any of these things? The godless have more joy in their "grain" and "wine" than they do God. The wicked see the abundance of their possessions as exceptionally good and satisfying now, but in the end, when Jesus returns, what good will possessions be?
As David states there is "more joy" that can be placed in our hearts by God than the abundance of man's possession. That is to say there is "more joy" in God than what we own. Though some joy may come from what we own, "more joy" come from God. God, who is exceptionally good and satisfying, is the real source of happiness and delight, not possessions.
I am reminded of what C.S. Lewis said in his book Mere Christianity, "God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from Himself." A man cannot have true joy apart from God. It is impossible. And the reason is this: God made us. As Lewis put it, "just as a car is made to run on gas, so we are made to run on God."
Man is not designed to have or find true and everlasting joy in possessions. We are designed by God to find meaningful and everlasting joy in God. Just as gas is the fuel a car is designed to burn, so "God is the fuel our soul is designed to burn" - C.S. Lewis.
Though many seek happiness in other things, and though an individual appear's joyful because of their abundance, they are to be pitied. For their source of joy is temporal and subject to destruction. And he who has their joy in God ought to pray for him who does not. That they may come to know real joy, meaningful joy, everlasting joy; joy that can only be found in God.
Remember, God puts "more joy" in our hearts than many possessions. When you see those around seemingly happy and have their life together yet without God, do not fret, your joy is greater. Joy sourced by God is everlasting. There is more joy in God than in an abundance of possessions.