We sing "None have such reason to be glad"; and we read "Great peace have they that love Thy law"; and we recognize the wisdom of the exhortation and command "Rejoice always, and again, Rejoice!" We "believe" these things: why then do we not manifest our faith more consistently? Why are we ever troubled and worried and fearful and dissatisfied and unhappy?
Truly there will be trouble and sorrow and disappointments and discouraging circumstances. These are recognized, necessary ingredients in the present training and disciplining and purifying and perfecting of God's eternal family.
The training is rigorous, but the purpose is known, and the necessity is realized, and the result is glorious. Why are we not then in constant transports of joy? Is it that we don't really believe what we say we "believe"? Is the present a little more glamorous to us, and the future a little more hazy, than we care to admit?
If we believe what we say we believe, and are doing what we know we should be doing, then the only possible result and reaction must be deep, constant, spiritual joy. If it isn't, let us adjust our way of life and way of thinking until it is.