We are often guilty of confusing happiness with joy. True joy comes from knowing and loving Jesus Christ and having a personal relationship with Him. Knowing that no matter what may happen to us in life, God is there with us and has actually gone before us into our problems.
Joy is actually the pure confidence and exhilarating assurance experienced in trusting God, regardless of life's circumstances.
Few passages of scripture give us a better example of what true joy is in the middle of dire circumstances than the Old Testament book of Habakkuk. Our key scripture today is Habakkuk 3:17-19 and Philippians 4:4