Happiness, Joy and Oil of Gladness – similar but in many ways profoundly different.
In our town we have a new-age shop which specialises in massage, crystals, fortune-telling and various types of meditations. It has a street sign which reads. COME INSIDE AND WE WILL HELP YOU FIND YOUR INNER HAPPINESS.
My personal experience of happiness is not something which can be found . It is a by-product of being ‘content with my circumstances’ and ceasing to ‘struggle’ with the stuff I cannot change.
Joy the precious Gift of the Holy Spirit also can never be manufactured or artificially produced. It is the unexpected bubble which takes you by surprise even in the midst of difficult circumstances.
Then, thinking of the Oil of Gladness the scripture in Hebrews 1v 9 says:- Of Jesus Christ in His sinless perfection….You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness, Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the Oil of Gladness more than Your companions..
Should any of us desire to be anointed similarly. I know we can be anointed with oil for ‘healing’ . I am also sure that Oil in massage can be an aid to injury and ‘stress’
In our lives, we will constantly fall short of the PERFECTION of absolute righteousness and Holiness.
In that context I have come to believe that the OIL OF GLADNESS IS symbolic of absolute Holiness and Deity. It is about CHRIST. From Him and His font alone can flow gladness. (It has high restrictions…..is absolute righteousness and total allegiance to Him. ) This is the Way we walk. This side of eternity never there but one step at a time. repenting, journeying and living.
What think you?
Blessings and Grace.!