Joy is Stronger than Happiness
Happiness is often mistaken for joy. Happiness is based on favorable circumstances. Joy is based on knowing the will and unfailing provision of God. Happiness is like seeing the sun shine because of the absence of clouds. Joy is like knowing the sun is always shining and giving life regardless of clouds or weather conditions.
Many scriptures show that joy is a fundamental component to God's grace and kingdom.
2 Corinthians 8:1-2, "Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia: hat in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality."
Like the believers in Macedonia, the joy of the Lord in your heart empowers you to be generous, even when facing difficulty and a season of lack. Happiness can only reflect your feelings in the moment.
Nehemiah 8:10, “…The joy of the Lord is your strength.”