Everyone wants to be happy but it’s how we go about looking for it that sets us apart. Some people just can’t catch a break, while others just can’t get out of their own way. Where do we find true happiness that leads us to contentment? All to often we think we find happiness in possessions such as a new car, new house, new job, new phone, new tv, starting a family, moving to a new city, getting a puppy and so forth; but do those things really make us happy? Maybe temporarily but that happiness doesn’t lead us to find contentment. We think if we have the new gadget or find that new job or we get married and have a family that everything will be roses forever. That’s just not the case because we are looking in the wrong places for true happiness. Those things will bring a temporary feeling of joy, but what happens when the new gadget becomes an archive and a new model comes out, or when the marriage and family you so desperately wanted is falling apart or what if that new city you were longing to move to brings about loneliness and sadness? Happiness then takes a sideline once again and you’re on the search for the next new thing that will provide you with happiness. It’s a never ending cycle until we come to the realization that the only true source of contentment comes from God. He can provide us with a source of happiness that is never-ending. Now, don’t get me wrong we will still have our peaks and valleys but those valleys won’t seem nearly as deep as they would’ve been if we hadn’t chosen to find true joy in our relationship with God.
When we have God as our one true source of happiness we are opening ourselves up to a joy we never would have found without Him. He can provide us with an abundance of happiness, joy, and contentment that we could spend our entire lives searching for but never seem to find. No one person, no one possession, no one place can provide the amount of happiness that God can provide to us. All we need to do is open our hearts to Him and make Him our sole source of happiness. That doesn’t mean He is going to do what we want, when we want it. However when we turn our lives over to God to let Him guide us; we will find that we are little less stressed, a little less anxious, a little more relaxed and a lot more content. He yearns for us to be truly happy so He will provide ways for us that would never have been possible without Him. Imagine just for a moment, all the situations that God has prevented from occurring, all the people He stopped from entering our lives in order to protect us from any harm, pain, suffering, or sorrow. We have no idea how many times God has intervened without our knowledge. He does some amazing work behind the scenes that we aren’t even aware of and most likely will never know about. That alone should provide us with a great sense of joy and happiness. He has the ability to make miracles happen and create harmony in places where us as humans could never imagine the possibility for such a reality. So, why wouldn’t we want to make Him our sole source of happiness?
I know putting all of our happiness into one place or into one person is scary because what if we are let down or what if situations occur that are out of our control and we end up hurt and disappointed? That is unfortunately part of life and we will be faced with less than positive circumstances at one time or another. We are on this planet to grow, learn and yearn to live in God’s Kingdom. Isn’t it a lot less scary to put all of our happiness in God’s hands as opposed to another human, possession or place that can easily vanish from our lives? God and His everlasting love is indestructible. God and our relationship with Him, if we chose to have one, will be forever. It’s our choice whether or not to choose Him above all others. Our happiness depends on it.