I have never met anyone who doesn’t dream about being happy. There is this thing inside us that long for a happy life. I don’t think happiness is a bad thing to want. Our loving heavenly Father planned for our happiness. The very idea of “Shalom” in the Bible – “nothing missing – nothing broken” speaks to that fact that God provides for our happiness.
However, I also think most of go about looking for happiness The wrong way.
We seek to fill that God-Shape Vacuum (that only He alone can fill) with things that don’t satisfy.
First Things First
Most people do not know better, so they go about seeking happiness the wrong way. They go for pleasures of all kinds, but it leaves them empty and longing for more. They go for status, fame and money, but soon realize that these things just can’t deliver true happiness. They go for self-help books that only scratch the surface of how to find true happiness.
Jesus said, “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and you shall have all these things.” Holiness is what we should seek first, not happiness. Happiness is a product of Holiness.
Check this quote out:
Holiness differs nothing from happiness but in name. Holiness is happiness in the bud, and happiness is holiness at the full. Happiness is nothing else but the quintessence of holiness. An absolute fullness of holiness will make an absolute fullness of happiness. When our holiness is perfect, our happiness shall be perfect; and if this were attainable on earth, there would be but little reason for men to long for heaven. -Thomas Brooks
We hinder our happiness by unholy lifestyles.
We bring sadness to our lives by carnal choices and indulgences.
We sabotage our deep sense of satisfaction and fulfillment by our disobedience to a loving God.
We disturb and disrupt the peace, harmony and sense of purpose in our lives by ignoring His will/plan.
- They eat the fruit of the labor of their hands
- They shall be blessed, and it shall be well with them
- Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house
- Your children will be like olive shoots around your table
- You will see your children’s children
- Peace Shall be upon you
Now, that’s what I’m talking about – Nothing Missing – Nothing Broken. Holiness is the true source of Happiness. Seek Holiness First and Happiness come unto you.
If you want happiness in your relationship – seek holiness.
If you want happiness in your life – seek holiness.
If you want happiness in your vocational and professional life – seek holiness.
Holiness is what it takes. There is no other way!
Deuteronomy 10:13; Psalm 32:1-5; Matthew 5:3-11; 1 John 2:15-17; 1 Timothy 6:9, 10; Romans 4:7,8; john 15:1-17; Psalm 19:7-14
The word “blessed” in Hebrew means: happiness, but furthermore than that it also means inner completeness. And that’s what Psalm 1 is pointing out. How to obtain that inner completeness, through the relationship with God through our Lord Jesus Christ and being that “living sacrifice Holy and pleasing to God which is our reasonable service”- Romans 12:1&2