happiness

Posted on January 7, 2010 by Matt

For me its been a rough couple of weeks. In the last month two friends of mine were killed hiking, my brother was in the hospital several times,  my cousin fell down dead of “natural causes,” my girlfriend moved 1,200 miles away, and there are other issues I am not at liberty to discuss. But I tell you this, I have never been so happy in all of my life. Of course I would have to be a sadist to claim that these events made me happy, but herein lies the key. If you allow events and things to make you happy, then you likewise allow them to make you unhappy. I am not intending that we should not feel happy at a wedding or when we receive a gift, or in the company of the one we love, my point is simply, wherein you place your happiness your happiness is affected. Placing happiness in things is not bad, but what happens when things change? Placing happiness in people is not bad, but what happens when people and circumstances change? True happiness and joy is contingent upon the source of focus.

When happiness and pleasure is focused on the LORD your joy and happiness does not fade when the world around you corrodes. Does this mean I have not cried at each of the events I mentioned? In no way! In fact I do not remember a time when I have cried so much. But the difference in my tears and the maintaining of happiness, as the apostle Paul stated mentions, we do not mourn as people without hope. If I placed my sole source of happiness in the unfortunate events that recently occurred I would be in shambles right now. But as it stands, I feel the pleasure and goodness of the LORD, I am influenced by His word, and dedicated to seeking Him.

Consider Job, here is a guy who loses everything. His family, wealth, health, and friends; and he boldly claims, “For He knows the way that I take and when He has tested me I shall come forth as gold.” If Job’s happiness and contentment was in any other source besides the LORD could he have uttered these words? Of course not, but since His everything was directed at the LORD He was able to be confident in his assertion.

I challenge you consider to what you place your hope and trust and happiness in? If it is anything but the LORD, you will find yourself to be most unhappy when events become unfortunate. Happy is he who trusts in the LORD.

Comments

  • amy on January 10th, 2010

    I know that this “happy” place is where I need to be. I want to be. I just don’t know how to get there yet. Ugh.

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