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!