Weekend’s Special: The Pursuit Of Happiness!

23 10 2009

Psalm 34:10, “Those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing”
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Where can we find happiness?

Not IN MONEY -Jay Gould, the American millionaire, had plenty of that. When dying, he said, “I suppose I am the most miserable man in the world.”

Not IN PLEASURE- Lord Byron lived a life of pleasure if anyone did. He wrote, “The worm, the canker and grief are mine alone.”

NOT IN POSITION AND FAME -Lord Beaconsfield enjoyed more than his share of both. He wrote,” Youth is a mistake, manhood a struggle, old age a regret.”

NOT IN MILITARY GLORY -Alexander the Great conquered the known world in his day. Having done so, he wept in his tent, because he said,  “There are no more worlds to conquer.”

NOT IN UNBELIEF -Voltaire was an infidel of the most pronounced type. He wrote,  “I wish I had never been born.”
The pursuit of happiness seems to be a very big deal in today’s society. Many libraries have bookshelves and magazines filled with volumes on this very subject. The “pursuit of happiness” is one of the “unalienable rights” of people enumerated by our founding fathers in the Declaration of Independence, along with “life” and “liberty.” Are you in pursuit of happiness today? If so, are you looking in the right places for your happiness? Let’s face it everyone wants to be happy, and people follow many pathways that seem to be marked “This Way to Happiness”. Some work hard to accumulate all the wealth they can, while others buy fancy cars, luxury filled homes, and some will even get involved in a worthy cause. Many will choose the pathway of entertainment while still others head down the route of power or self-gratification. The list is endless and I’m quite sure you could add many more to those I have mentioned above. My friend and brethren, the problem with these roads is they will eventually become dead ends and lead only to frustration. The only road to a person’s happiness has been outlined in God’s precious Word. His route to happiness is found in Psalm 34 and when followed leads to all the advantages we need in this world … advantages that can be ours no matter if we are rich or poor, healthy or sick, famous or unknown. Genuine happiness, a mood of contentment, joy, and hope, doesn’t even depend on where one lives; it depends on a right relationship with God. As David observed so succinctly in Psalm 144:15, “Happy are the people whose God is the LORD.” Genuine happiness, a mood of contentment, joy, and hope, doesn’t depend on the country one lives in, nor your nationality or the circumstances of one’s life, but depends on a right relationship with God’s Son, Jesus Christ. As David observed so succinctly in Psalm 144:15, “Happy are the people whose God is the LORD!”
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Further thoughts:

There are many people who are pursuing happiness in money, power, and entertainment or in self-gratification are looking in the wrong places. The right place is found in Matthew 5 wherein Jesus describes the way to deep and lasting happiness is being right with God. Happiness comes from going God’s way and is marked by these simple signs:

(1) Praising God, “My soul shall make its boast in the LORD”
(2) Seeking God, “I sought the LORD, and He heard me”
(3) Fearing God, “Oh, fear the LORD, you His saints!”
(4) Living for God, “Depart from evil and do good”

By traveling other pathways in pursuit of happiness will only take you on a long journey to nowhere. The beginning point is accepting Jesus Christ as Savior. If you’re reading this and don’t know Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, I would challenge you to look at life first as it is lived according to the mindset of the world. See it in all its selfishness, pride, and destruction. Now, imagine living with the attitude of Christ. There is an undeniable difference in these two mindsets. Now, carefully consider all that Jesus did. His selflessness, sacrifice, servant hood, humility, and patience, was out of love for you and concern for your eternal destination. He was obedient to the point of dying on the cross so that you could experience eternal life. Someone expressed the heart of Christ this way, “When He was on the cross, you were on His mind.” My friend, take the step of faith, a step based on good reason, and tell God that you believe in His son. Tell Him that you want the salvation He offers, and that you now acknowledge Him as Savior and Lord. If you’re not satisfied and want to know more about the person named Jesus, find a Bible and read one of the New Testament gospel accounts of His life (such as the book of John). See for yourself what it says about Him, what people thought of Him, who He claimed to be, what He did on earth, and what He can do for you. 1 John 3:16 tells us, “By this we know love, because He (Jesus) laid down His life for us.”

Lasting happiness doesn’t come from earthly things but only from the Son of God.


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