The Search For Happiness

God is the ultimate provider of all that we have.  Solomon knew this and we would be wise to understand it, too.  To find enjoyment in anything, one must find enjoyment in God.  God is the One who provides the food that feeds our families.  We might say, “But I work hard for my money!”  Who is the One who gave you the job?  Who is the One who gives you the energy to work?  Instead of seeking our own pleasures, we should be seeking to please God.
When we do seek to please God, He rewards us with:
  • Wisdom
  • Knowledge
  • Happiness

Did you see that?  What is the secret to happiness?  Seeking to please God!  So many people look for happiness in the wrong places.  They look for happiness in:

  • Their spouses
  • Their children
  • Their jobs
  • Their churches
  • Their entertainment
  • Their friends

True happiness is not found in people or things.  Happiness is a reward from God for those who want to please Him.  When we seek the things of God, we’ll have a new definition of happiness.  Knowing that you are connected with God and His Son, Jesus Christ, is a source of happiness.  Knowing that your life is being lived for the highest purpose is a source of happiness.  Knowing that you are saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus is more than a source of mere happiness – it is a source of everlasting joy!  Don’t look for happiness because you’ll fall short and be miserable.  Seek after God, who is not far off, and discover that you’ll be rewarded with not only happiness, but an inexpressible joy that lasts and lasts.

Ecclesiastes 2:24-26 (NIV)
A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, 25 for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? 26 To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God.This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

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