Search for Happiness…

In the American Constitution, “The pursuit of happiness is a basic right.”  Is that true?  We use it to justify our behavior: leave our spouse, our job, our church, buy unnecessary possessions, all because we have a right to be happy.

I remember coming home from High School to eat lunch with my mother and we listened on radio to “Our Gal Sunday,” “Ma Perkins” and “Helen Trent.”  Today, such soap operas are on Television such as “The Young and the Restless”, “The Guiding Light”, “As The World Turns” and others.  Someone has written a little verse about this:  “When the world was “Young and Restless,” we all worried about the “Days of Our Lives.”  God said, “You are All My Children,”  let Me be “Your Guiding Light” and I will take you to “Another World.”

Why were and are such shows popular?  Because the theme of these shows seems to be that no matter what happens; be it divorce, defeat, destruction, death, disaster, we have the right to be happy.  We have made happiness the goal for our lives.

The BIBLE says nothing about the thought that man must be happy.  Instead God’s Word teaches that happiness comes as a by-product of right living.  Happiness comes from within.  It is not in outward circumstances.  The happiest people do not necessarily have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything that they have.

There is a big difference between happiness and joy.  Happiness is determined by what happens to us.  The outward circumstances.  Joy comes from within, a positive confidence from knowing and trusting God regardless of the circumstances.  What Christians are really doing is pursuing joy not happiness.

A.J. Tozer said, “Never own anything – get rid of the sense of possessing.”
Someone else said, “He who dies with the most toys, loses.”
We need to live with the eternal view. We must live for that which last beyond this world.

Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.  For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me, will find it.  What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?  Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?”            Matthew 16:24-26



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