Esther 5:9–Haman went out that day happy and in high spirits. But when he saw Mordecai at the king’s gate and observed that he neither rose nor showed fear in his presence, he was filled with rage against Mordecai.
What do we base our happiness on? What gives us joy? For Haman, he delighted in the praise and honor of others. He wanted to be he center of attention and when he was, he was happy. When he wasn’t he was angry and his emotions flipped that quickly. We must be careful that we are not the same way. If we base our joy on earthly circumstances, then our joy will come and go depending on the circumstances, which can change pretty quickly in this world. If we base our joy on God, who is constant and never-changing, then we will find much greater peace and stability. What gives us joy in our life?
Father, don’t allow me to base my joy on any of the temporal and changing things that come through my life. I will search for joy and meaning only in You. You give me meaning and I will find constant joy in You, no matter my circumstances.