Ecclesiastes 3:1 – To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven… 4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance

Someone wrote an article in his blog (you can find it here) that we can’t always be happy as Christians. He quoted the passage from Ecclesiastes above to support his claim that we can’t always be happy.

Well, I believe that happiness can be achieved in the midst of any circumstance or ordeal; otherwise God wouldn’t tell us to be happy always. I’m going to quote those passages later but let me deal with this individual’s stance first.

I believe that this person lives in the Old Testament during the New Testament time. There’s a reason why there’s OLD and NEW Testament. It’s like using the old Windows operating system when there’s a new operating system version of Windows; certainly you will never enjoy the features of the new windows if you’re still using the old ones.

Secondly, why did Solomon write what he wrote in the book of Ecclesiastes? Was it a revelation from God or he simply stated his experience in/of life?

This certainly wasn’t inspired by God. Solomon wrote this, because this was his experience in life. Amazing enough, if you read further down in verse 10-13; he continued and said,

10 I HAVE SEEN THE TRAVAIL, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it. 11 He hath made everything beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. 12 I know that there is no good in them, but for A MAN TO REJOICE, and to do good in his life. 13 And also that every man should eat and drink, and ENJOY the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.

I believe that this person (the owner of the blog I’m refuting) does not have an intimate relationship with God either; otherwise he would have known what the word of God says and therefore trust in it no matter what. Trusting God’s word will eradicate sadness; people are sad because of despair.

Thou wilt shew me the path of life: IN THY PRESENCE IS FULNESS OF JOY; at thy right hand there are PLEASURES FOREVERMORE. – Psalm 16:11

This says it all, in the presence of God is FULNESS of joy; not some but fulness of joy! So the question, therefore is, is he in the presence of God? Of course, sadness will reign over anyone who isn’t in the presence of God [i.e. anyone who isn’t born again]. I mean, what joy will you have when you are vulnerable to the Devil?

Now let’s see what the Word told us about joy and happiness:

But LET ALL THOSE THAT TRUST IN THEE REJOICE: let them EVER shout for JOY, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name BE JOYFUL in thee. – Psalm 5:11

BE GLAD in the LORD, and REJOICE, ye righteous: and SHOUT FOR JOY, all ye that are upright in heart. – Psalm 32:11

Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe…4:4 – Rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS: and again I say, REJOICE. – Philippians 3:1

My brethren, COUNT IT ALL JOY when ye fall into divers temptations – James 1:2

REJOICE EVERMORE. – 1Thessalonians 5:16

These passages clearly admonish us to be happy all the time even in the mist of ordeals. God wouldn’t tell us to rejoice ALWAYS if it wasn’t possible to be happy always. The reason for us to remain happy all the time is because sadness is of the Devil; it is one of his tools to rob us our blessings.

Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, BE PUT AWAY FROM YOU, with all malice – Ephesians 4:31

Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any ROOT OF BITTERNESS springing up TROUBLE YOU, and thereby MANY BE DEFILED – Hebrews 12:15

A MERRY HEART DOETH GOOD like a medicine: but a BROKEN SPIRIT DRIETH THE BONES. – Proverbs 17:22

13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by SORROW OF THE HEART THE SPIRIT IS BROKEN15 ALL THE DAYS OF THE AFFLICTED ARE EVIL: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast. – Proverbs 15:13-15

Yes, as long as we are in this world, there are always things that could upset or sadden us but that doesn’t mean that we ought to conform to them and allow them to steal our happiness away from us. The Word says, ‘…Resist the devil and he will flee from you’ (James 4:7). That’s another way of saying, ‘Resist sadness and it will flee from you’ and so on…

Conclusion

I believe that our friend, first of all, did not read the context of the passage he tries to use to support his claim because Solomon himself said that men ought to rejoice always despite the bad things that happen (Ecclesiastes 3:12); just eight verses later.

Secondly, he couldn’t differentiate between when a biblical character wrote something inspired by God or simply wrote something about their life experiences. In this case, the latter is the obvious based on the context of Solomon’s writing.

Thirdly, I believe that he wrote this article because, just like Solomon, that’s his experience as well in life and convinced of himself that it is impossible to always be happy. Well, I have news for him; I am always happy even in the midst of troubles because I know that God is always with me and His Word is truth:

Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. 2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. – Isaiah 43:1-2

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty…5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; 6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. 7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. – Psalm 91:1-7

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28

I can go on and on…How can anyone who knows these be unhappy? Certainly, if one truly knows and trusts God; he won’t be unhappy or sad since he knows that no matter what happens God is with him. Just listen to the words of the prophet Habakkuk for example:

17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: 18 YET I WILL REJOICE IN THE LORD, I WILL JOY in the God of my salvation. 19 The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments. – Habakkuk 3:17-18

That’s a person who knows and understands God, not the one who tells people to be ok to be sad when things don’t go well with him. Furthermore, the Gospel is all about the Good News; so what’s the good news about sadness?

But LET ALL THOSE THAT TRUST IN THEE REJOICE: let them EVER shout for JOY, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name BE JOYFUL in thee. – Psalm 5:11

BE GLAD in the LORD, and REJOICE, ye righteous: and SHOUT FOR JOY, all ye that are upright in heart. – Psalm 32:11

To conclude, let me remind everyone about Psalm 16:11 again:

Thou (the LORD) wilt shew me the path of life: IN THY PRESENCE IS FULNESS OF JOY; at thy right hand there are PLEASURES FOREVERMORE. – Psalm 16:11

So, are you born again? Are you in the presence of the LORD (Hebrews 4:16)? If you are, then why the sadness? Have faith in God’s Word and quit being troubled by sadness. If you are not yet, please click here and be saved and rejoice in the presence of the LORD always. God bless you.

Further refutation of some of the things he wrote in the article

I quote: …I also am still a sinner as well as a saint, so I still depend upon the grace of God to forgive me when I fall into self pity, or unrighteous anger, or ingratitude…’

It is impossible for one that is born again to be called sinner. One who is born again has only one nature – the nature of righteousness [i.e. sainthood]. Biblically, to be a sinner, you have to have the nature of sin. However, when you are born again, your nature of sin is supplanted by the nature of God which is righteousness:

1Peter 1:23 – BEING BORN AGAIN, NOT OF CORRUPTIBLE SEED, but of INCORRUPTIBLE, BY THE WORD of God, which liveth and abideth FORVER.

We are born of INCORRUPTIBLE seed which is the Word of God. So how can we be called sinners anymore? Isn’t calling one who is born again a sinner, calling God’s Word who gave birth to us, impotent and corrupt? To me, God’s Word is powerful and truth.

2Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore if ANY MAN be in Christ [i.e. born again], HE IS A NEW CREATURE: OLD THINGS ARE PASSED AWAY; behold, ALL THINGS ARE BECOME NEW…21 – For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that WE MIGHT BE MADE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN HIM.

This passage sums it all up. Our old nature, which is the sin nature, is no more; we now have a new nature – righteousness. In other words, in the eyes of God we never existed before.

1John 3:9 – Whosoever is BORN OF GOD doth not commit sin; for HIS SEED REMAINETH IN HIM: and HE CANNOT SIN, BECAUSE HE IS BORN OF GOD5:18 – We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that WICKED ONE TOUCHETH HIM NOT.

To be born of God means to be born again (John 1:12-13). How can one who is born of a righteous God still has the nature of sin? That’s impossible!

All the passages above show that one who is born again should no longer be called a sinner. Yes, we still can be sinning from time to time but that doesn’t make us sinners because the Bible says, the blood of Christ cleans us ‘automatically’, though we sometimes are unaware of the sins we commit if we have fellowship with Him (See 1John 1:7).

In fact, it’s only those who have the nature of righteousness who can ask for forgiveness and be forgiven (1John 1:7-9; 2:1). What sinners need is not forgiveness but remission of sins.

It’s like someone barking like a dog for example, just because he barks like a dog doesn’t mean he is a dog. He has to have the nature of dogs to be called a dog. Same goes with the one who is born again, just because he sinned, he can’t be called a sinner because he has been purchased by the blood of Christ which is powerful enough to have cleansed him once and for all when he accepted Him as his Lord and Savior.

The Bible never said that the blood of Christ WILL wash us from sins. It rather says, ‘He HAS WASHED us’:

1Corinthians 6:9 – Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such WERE SOME OF YOU: but YE ARE WASHED, but YE ARE SANCTIFIED, but YE ARE JUSTIFIED in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Revelation 1:5 – And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and WASHED from our sins in his own blood

If He washed us, that means we are clean. Jesus Himself said, ‘If the Son therefore shall make you free, YE SHALL BE FREE INDEED’ (John 8:36) and ‘NOW ye ARE (not will be) CLEAN through THE WORD (the One who gave birth to us – 1Peter 1:23) which I have spoken unto you’ (John 15:3).

To say that we become unclean again every time we sin (not that I condone sinning) is calling the blood of Christ ineffective and impotent. That’s blasphemy!

Brief comment on ‘Sin’

Sin is something that has been dealt with by Jesus once and for all (Hebrews 9:12-14) when He died for us (that’s the Gospel). No wonder Romans 6:14 says, ‘Sin shall not have dominion over us’.

Sin separates men from God, but the one who is born again is one (who mingles) with God (1Corinthians 6:17) because Jesus reconciled him to God (2Corinthians 5:17-19) – Nothing can separate him from God anymore (John 10:28-29; Romans 8:35, 38-39); unless of course, when/if he decides to reject Him, which is one of the unforgivable sins (Hebrews 6:4-6) along with the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (Mark 3:28-29).