Happiness, Where Can It Be Found?

June 20, 2010

 

 

Where can I find happiness?  This is an age old question that every generation must answer for itself.  Happiness is defined by Webster as being contented, satisfied, pleased and delighted.  My wife was confronted with this while working in a national retail store many years ago.  It all started when an unhappy customer came in and demanded happiness from her.  The issue was over a wash machine that supposedly wasn’t working properly.  She promptly called for the manager who began the process of finding out where this persons perception of happiness lay.  “What will it take to make you happy?” the manager asked?  He found that this person would only be happy so long as they were given a new washer for free.  Surprisingly the manager did just that!  Wow, my wife came home astonished that this store was that committed to making people happy!  But was the customer really happy?  I think not because somewhere down the road in time this person would again become dissatisfied with this new machine.

Isaiah 44:17-18 And the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his graven image: he falleth down unto it, and worshippeth it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me; for thou art my god. They have not known nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand.

The prophet Isaiah clearly said that anything we build or look up to which is made with the materials of this earth can never help or satisfy us.  They simply do not have the power. 

Another man named Solomon wrote about his personal quest for happiness.  He was the third King of Israel and decided to find the thing that all men should do to make them happy.  He tried it all and you can read about it in the book of Ecclesiastes in the bible.  When he finished his search, he  regularly wrote the words “vanity of vanity, all is vanity”.  He actually came to the place where he hated life, meaning that he had developed a totally fatalistic attitude toward everything in life.  How sad.  He did  however come to the right conclusion in the end.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

You see, all of us are physical and spiritual.  The physical side of us is the part that is temporary.  The spiritual side is eternal and the most important.  However, it is the side that we often neglect and set aside, looking for more satisfying things to do.  The truth is, we need a relationship with God who is the creator of us all because this is the only thing that can bring happiness.  When we have this relationship restored through salvation we can then and only then be truly happy like we should be.  Are you happy?  Do you know someone who is unhappy?  Maybe they would enjoy reading a study I have written entitled, “Finding Happiness”.  In this lesson I go deeper into the life of Solomon and his search for fulfillment in this life.  I think they will enjoy it and if you are unhappy why not check it out for yourselftoo?  Thanks for taking the time to be a part of this ministry!

Here’s the inspirational scripture!

Colossians 2:8-10 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

Sincerely

Greg Wirths

Focus on Freedom

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