What is your definition of happiness? We tend to seek happiness in worldly things such as:
Pleasure - “Just let me have fun…”
Prosperity - “If only I was rich…”
Power - “I’d show him…”
Popularity - “If only everyone liked me…”
Position - “If I was the boss…”
However, if our happiness is based on the things of this world, then we will never experience true happiness, for these things are only temporary. For example, if your happiness is found in a position at work, your happiness could be taken away at any moment with the loss of your job. If you think that true happiness is based on prosperity, one wrong decision could strip you of your prosperity and happiness. If you seek happiness in your relationships with your family, then your happiness could be taken away with just one family feud. Your see our job, family, friends, etc. are all just temporary. When we base our happiness on these things, we only experience temporary happiness that can be completely wiped out with the slightest change in our circumstances. I believe that we can all agree that we are interested in being happy. However, if we are to experience true happiness, it will have to be based on what is eternal.
“Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.” (Psalms 119:1-2 _
In these verses God describes to us how to live a blessed, or happy, life.
The Psalmist says, first of all, “Blessed are the undefiled.” In Hebrew the word undefiled means upright, honest, mature, or to have integrity. Then the writer says, “undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.” The law of the Lord is simply referring to what we know today as the Bible. If we ever experience true happiness it will only be found in the Lord and in living the way He instructs us in His word.
Some may argue that they live happy, pleasurable lives not according to the Word of God. However, according to God’s word, there is more happiness found in, “Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.” (Hebrews 11:25) The Bible says that there is pleasure in sin, but it is only for a season. In other words, it will not last. Once we understand God’s prerequisite for happiness and live according to His word, then, and only then, will we experience the blessed, or happy, life that He intends for us to live.
This week I encourage you to seek to find happiness in living according to God’s word rather than in the things of this world, so that you may experience true, eternal happiness rather than short-lived, temporary happiness.