The Key to True Happiness
The search for happiness starts from birth. “M-o-m-m-y!” the child shouts, “I want more!” And from the cradle to the grave, people crave happiness. How about you? Would you say you’re truly happy? The quest “for having more” doesn’t go away simply because you’ve become an adult. Often acquiring possessions can become an obsession. Your desires and wishes don’t always come with a price tag. You may long for a mate and children, or simply peace in your relationships.
What do you want—a bigger house, a better job, a beautiful wife, a loving husband? Stop for a moment and consider what it is you’re longing for. If you could have anything, what would it be? Does more wealth bring real happiness or better yet, contentment?
Television interview specials are interesting to watch. As you view these programs and observe some of the people interviewed, it appears that no matter their fame, fortune, fabulous figures and physiques, there still seems to be a lack of contentment. Why is that?
It’s a matter of the heart. The word heart is used in the bible 896 times and if you’ve looked up many of these, then you know that your heart is highly important to God. The condition of your heart is the key to having true joy.
Do you find yourself angry, upset, possibly having a temper you can’t control? Do you frequently do things you wish you wouldn’t do? Have you given up thinking you will ever change? Are these issues in your life causing you pain and, therefore, you’re unhappy and joy in your life is lacking?
God never promised us happiness, but he did say we could have true joy and contentment.
How is this possible?
Know the condition of your heart (2 Corinthians 13:5)
Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test.
God must have your whole heart (Mark 12:30)
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.
Seek God daily through Bible study and prayer (Psalm 16:11)
You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever.
Guard your heart (Proverbs 4:23)
Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs (issues) of life.
Pursue Righteousness (Matthew 5:6)
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Wrapping it up
If happiness is a choice, what is it you think will make you happy?
If you truly desire happiness then desire God.
Are you seeking Him by spending time daily in His Word and in prayer? Pursue God. In 1Timothy 6:6 we read godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment. Oh…to truly be content… think of it, no matter your circumstances, your finances, your relationships, no matter what, you can walk in peace and joy!