True Happiness

Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall He not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof (Matthew 6: 25-34). Herein lies the key, to true happiness.

There appears to be a feeling of discontentment, prevalent in the world today. Many who have long hair, tend to like short hair, and vice versa. Many who are tall, sometimes feel they are too tall, and would like to be just a little bit shorter. Those who are well off or well-to-do, are not satisfied with what they have. Instead, they constantly seek for more. For some who rode the bus for many years, then were blessed to be able to purchase a vehicle after riding the bus for so long, tend to become dissatisfied with the model of vehicle they have. They feel it doesn’t display enough status. However, at one time, it would have been just fine. Some are dissatisfied with their jobs, but a jobless individual, would jump at the chance to walk in their shoes. I say these things not to criticize anyone who desires to better themselves in some way. However, when this desire becomes so overwhelming and onerous, and priorities become tainted, therein lies the problem. Philippians 4:11 – “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” This epistle written by Paul, to the church at Philippi while he was imprisoned, encourages the church to be content, whether they be in plenty or in need. Verse 12 says, “I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.” Verse 13 says, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” 

People often mistakenly equate happiness with wealth, possessions, and houses and land. Some erroneously equate happiness with fame or celebrity status. Still, others believe or feel they can’t be whole or fulfilled, without being bound to another individual by marriage, or in some way. However, this isn’t necessarily so. The only hope we have is in Christ Jesus. There are many unhappy wealthy people in the world today. Many celebrities are in and out of rehab facilities, seeking to become whole, because it was not found in their possessions. Some of the lyrics of the song, I’d Rather Have Jesus are, “I would rather have Jesus, more than silver or gold. I would rather have Jesus, more than riches untold. I would rather have Jesus, more than anything this world can afford today!”  True happiness is found, in Jesus Christ alone!

In this life we have responsibilities to our families, to our friends, and even to the bill collectors. It’s not wrong to make provisions for present and future physical needs. However, Jesus instructs us not worry or become anxious about those needs being met. We can’t get so caught up in the rat race, until we find ourselves consumed by the affairs of this life. We are not self-sufficient in and of ourselves, but our sufficiency rests in the Lord. “It is in Him, that we live, move, and have our being.” Who gives you the strength to get up and go to work on a daily basis? Who is it, that gives you the mental capacity to perform the necessary tasks on your jobs? Yes, we must work in order to survive in this world, but the word of God says in Colossians 3:2, “Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth.” That’s why some find themselves stressed out, and struggling, because their priorities are in disarray! Some saints think they can’t afford to pay tithes and offerings. Well, that isn’t correct. The truth of the matter is, you can’t afford not to pay tithes and offerings.“Will a  man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.” (Malachi 3:9) The Lord can and will supply all of your needs, according to His riches in glory. The cattle on a thousand hills belong to the Lord. I have never seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. We have the priviledge of casting all of our cares upon Him, because He careth for us. There is no problem in life that we are faced with, that God can’t handle.  However, it must be a top priority in our lives, to walk and govern ourselves according to the Word of God. We must give God what He wants! God wants us to strive to do the things that are pleasing in His sight, and to worship Him in spirit and in truth. True and lasting happiness results from giving God our all.”Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus!” (Philippians 4:4-7) SEEK ye FIRST the kingdom of God, the key to true happiness! Feel free to share your thoughts! God bless!  

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14 comments on “True Happiness

  1. There is not so much taken away but what more could be taken. There is never so much good but what more is promised, and will be given. It is only when I perceive what I lack but cherish what I have that my spirit calls out to God, thanking him – thanking him.

    • Hi Todd,

      Your comment, is a perfect synopsis, that succinctly sums up the contents of the article. Well said! Thank you so much for sharing! It’s always nice to hear from you.

      Take care, and God bless you!

      Paulette

  2. Hi Paulette,

    We can think of how Paul was content in whatever circumstance he was in — being stoned, imprisoned, hungry, tired — He could be content because he knew God was with him to help him every step of the way….. We need to abide in the Lord and let Him abide in us. 🙂 …There’s a lot to think about in this post… Thank you.

    Love,
    Margaret

    • Hi Margaret,

      You are so right! We who abide in the Lord, and allow Him to abide in us, can also be content as Paul was, in whatever state we find ourselves in. Paul found himself in many ominous situations, yet God’s grace was sufficient for him, and his strength was made perfect in weakness. The saints of God have that same privilege, of receiving the sufficiency of the grace of God! We can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth us.

      Thank you, Margaret. May the blessings of the Lord, rest upon your life!

      Paulette

  3. Paulette,

    Thank you for reminding all of us the need to look to Christ for our contentment and source of joy and happiness. After all He has done so much for all of us (especially those of us who are saved) how can we ever live discouraged lives?

    May the Lord Bless You,
    Rob

    • Hello Rob,

      Yes, whether I am in need, or I abound, I look unto Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of my faith, for only in Him, will I find peace and contentment! “I have never seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”

      God bless you, as well!

      Paulette

  4. You can’t outgive God!

    Paulette I spent so many years SEEKING pleasure before coming to know Christ. Whatever pleasure I THOUGHT I had found lasted only for a very short period of time and became nothing, plunging me back into hopelessness yet again.

    The joy, peace and security which came from knowing, loving and serving Christ has lasted for 52 years – so far – and will last for the whole of my life and beyond.

    I have experienced the truth of Matt 6:33. All else may fail – and WILL eventually fail. Jesus never fails!

    What a Saviour!

    • Amen, Angela!

      Hallelujah, what a Savior! Only Jesus satisfies! Though it may not always be intentional, the arms of flesh will fail us! On the other hand, Jesus will never fail us! There is happiness in Jesus now, and throughout eternity! Praise God!

      Thank you so much for sharing, that encouraging testimony! God bless!

      Paulette

  5. Paulette,

    I truly enjoyed this post!! Wow is all I can say right now!! As I read it I began to evaluate myself and Thank God for supplying all my needs. What I have learned is that we become anxious/worried, because we want to be in control of our situations, and so, when we don’t know what the next second, minute, or hour of our situation holds, we become frantic and waiver in our faith and trust in God. But as we continue to walk with him, he lets/show us that his yoke is easy and his burden is light and most of all he has our backs. There is so much that I got out of this post!! Thanks for sharing!

    • Amen, Amen, and Amen! When we put our trust in Jesus, we’ve got to be willing to let go, and let God! Sometimes it is easier said than done. However, the closer we get to the Lord, and the more experiences we have with Him, the easier it becomes to let go of our situations, and to turn them completely over to the Lord! We must stay firmly planted, in our belief and faith in the Lord. Otherwise, we will be like Peter, when he asked the Lord to bid him to come to him on the water. Peter stepped down into the water, and began to walk to Jesus, but when the winds became boisterous, he became fearful, and began to sink. Even though he wavered in his faith, God was gracious, and immediately stretched forth his hand, and caught him. That’s just the kind of God, that we serve! “When we become frantic, and we begin to waver in our faith”, God will stretch forth His mighty and loving hand, to catch us. He will remind us, that His grace is sufficient for us, and His strength is made perfect in our weakness.

      As always, I enjoyed your comments. They brought so many thoughts to my mind, as I read your thought-provoking statements. May God continue to bless you, real, real good! 🙂

      Paulette

  6. Thank you, Paulette

    I’ve fallen behind in my reading so I’m just finding this gem. Thank you for sharing!:-)

    When my friend prays, she always says “may God supplies all your needs and some of your wants!” A lot of what we think we need are just creature comforts…. we’re fortunate to live in a world where we can choose. For some, the choice is whether to eat now, or leave the meagre meal for later. We really don’t need as much as we think we do!

    “True and lasting happiness results from giving God our all.” … happiness comes from giving (not getting)… I like this!!

    Thanks again for sharing,Paulette. May God bless you as you give your best to Him.

    Determined to be contented,
    ann

    • Thanks Ann!

      God is gracious enough, to supply every one of our needs! Then, He is kind enough, to even allow us to have some of the things that we simply want. You are so right. We’re fortunate to live in a world where we can choose. It often pulls at my heart strings, as there are those who do not have choices, such as we do, especially in Third World countries, and sometimes right here in the great United States of America! (Back to the topic).

      I truly believe, that true and lasting happiness results from giving, not getting! When I have been led of the Lord, to intervene on behalf of another, I feel so blessed to have done so, and there is happiness that accompanies the act of giving! There is an old song that says, “If you give unto the Lord, He will give you more to give.” When I know that I am working according to God’s will, I am not looking for anything in return. Just being obedient unto the Lord, is my greatest reward!

      Wow, I was all over the place with this comment! 🙂 Sorry about that!

      Happy in Jesus,

      Paulette

  7. Another wonderful post! I am learning that the issue is that God wants us to be blessed by His definition while we want to be blessed by OUR definition! His word declares in 3 John 1:2 “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health , even as thy soul prospereth.” and in Mark 8:36 “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” As you stated,” It seems, that the grass is always greener, on the other side of the fence”, but that is because we fail to acknowledge that we are not properly caring for our grass. We are poor stewards because we always see our lack before we see our blessings. That mentality is what introduced both sin and death to humanity. God told Adam that he was free to eat of ANY tree he wished except one. Imagine every fruit that is known to man, and all but one being available for consumption. Why does our focus become the one “no” rather than the countless “yes'”?

    The reason that wealth, fame, possessions, and even family, cannot sustain happiness is because your life will always mirror the state in which your soul is found. You cannot experience the “peace that passes all understanding” without relationship with the source of that peace!

    Thank you for another thought provoking piece Auntie! I am blessed by what I read here and am so happy to now be exposed to this blog!!

    • Hello Tim,

      True happiness, is in Jesus alone! Whether or not we have riches, houses and land, or other worldly possessions, is a mute point! Worldly gain, will not cause us to attain the ultimate prize, which is eternal life! “Yes, sometimes we are watching the grass in someone else’s backyard, when we need to be cultivating and tending to the grass, that is in our own backyards!” We must seek first, the kingdom of God and its righteousness, then the things that we need, will be added unto us.

      Tim, I have been blessed by your presence here! Thank you for your encouragement, and all that you add to the discussions! May God continue to richly bless you! Thank you so much!

      Auntie

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