Monday, November 9, 2015

True Happiness

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; Psalm 1:1-6
There are many different theories about where true happiness can be found and to some degree it can be different for everyone.  God created us all with different likes and dislikes.  Some people will feel happiness on a rainy day while it may make others feel sad.  One thing is the same for all mankind.  Jesus died for all of us, no matter who we are or what our likes and dislikes are.  And although we each have our own little things that attribute to our overall happiness, one thing remains the same for all of us…bad choices will lead to unhappiness. 
It doesn’t matter who you are, how much money you have, or where you come from for all of us the consequences of bad choices will bring heartaches.  Even if you don’t make any seriously bad choices like breaking the law, just choosing NOT to follow God will leave you empty and unsatisfied. 
The scripture above states that the man who chooses to follow God and stays away from sin will be blessed.  He delights in following God’s commands and he meditates on it day and night.  He thinks about the Lord’s commands before he makes a choice or does anything.  He is reading and learning and fellowshipping with other Christians.  Will this get you the biggest house and the most expensive car?  No.  Will you be “happy” for the rest of your life?  No.  There will be times when sadness will weave its way into your heart.  But there is a place in your life that no person or thing can fill besides God.  Anything else you plug in to make you feel happy will not last.  Our flesh is never satisfied and will always want more.  That is why we are prone to addictions.  We may turn to the pleasures of the flesh to fill the void and when it is never satisfied, addictions develop. 
The things of this earth are all temporary.  Things break and we can’t take them with us when we die.  Beauty is fleeting and we all grow old eventually.  Relationships come and go.  What then?  Lasting and true happiness comes from a relationship with God and keeping His commands.  Living a life of no regrets is a priceless thing but all of us have some regrets as we look back on our decisions in life.  Certainly, the less regrets you have the better.  How blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD. How blessed are those who observe His testimonies, who seek Him with all their heart.  Psalms 119:1-2 NASB
Sometimes we live our lives so carelessly without real consideration of what we are doing and the lasting effects those choices may have on our lives.  Anything that results in us turning away from the Lord His design for our happiness is not a good thing.  True happiness comes only when we not only know the commands of our Heavenly Father, but our life reflects it by the way we live. 

Scripture to claim:

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. I John 2:15-16 “

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