Do you want to be happy? Who doesn't? No one likes waking up and feeling the blues. But the happiness we seek should be from the Lord and living in His will also. It is not just about a non stop party. Things happen in life and we need to prepare ourselves to learn to be content in all situations and weather the storms of life. There may be pleasure in earthly pursuits but seeking the Lord brings ultimate happiness. Some things we think make us happy are wrong in God's eyes. There is pleasure in sin for a season but then deep down you know certain things are not right. We are not to compromise what we know to be right. Mental anguish and a lack of peace will always follow those who are knowingly not living for the Lord. The Bible is the standard for right and wrong. Read it so you know true happiness.
Philippians 4:12 says " I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want."
Psalm 119:1 says "How happy are those whose way is blameless, who live according to the law of the LORD!" Have you heard the saying "there is a God shaped hole in all of us?" God did create us and wants us to love him. We may find the pleasures of the world making us happy for a while. But true happiness is found in Christ. The word happy could also mean joy, pleasure, blessing and just feeling content. We know we can not base everything on feelings. That is dangerous. Feelings come and go.
1 John 2:15-17 tells us "Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever." Psalm 144:15 says "Happy are the people whose God is the LORD”. Is Jesus Lord of your life? Does he have the controls? Is he your pilot or your co pilot? The saying "God is my co pilot" is catchy but shouldn't he be your pilot, the Captain and in the drivers seat?
Money will not make you happy. Fame is not going to make you happy. A prestigious job title will not make you happy. Many forms of happiness are very fleeting .All these things are empty compared to knowing and walking with the saviour Jesus Christ.
PRAYER: Lord I want to have happiness in the world but through you. I know when I feel like I have to ' do things' to bring happiness it will only be temporary. Block any things in my life Lord that bring the wrong kind of happiness or are sinful in your eyes. Help me to think of others before myself and find true joy in reaching out of my little world to others around me. In Jesus Name. Amen.
Further Reading: Psalm 34 and Matthew 5:3-11(Take a minute and get into the word of God.)
Click on link below by artist Steven Curtis Chapman to enjoy a worship song to help start your day.