True Happiness

W. Terry Varner
July 27, 2014

Most people seek happiness. Why not, happiness is great in any one’s life. It is not wrong to seek happiness. For many people, happiness is tied to external circumstances and to what happens in their life—“Happiness is a new toy.” “Happiness is retirement,” or whatever.

Man’s Search for Happiness. People seek happiness in those things which do not produce happiness. In man’s search for happiness, people try old things, new things, and often radical things in their search. America’s Declaration of Independence states that we have a right to “the pursuit of happiness.” Mankind seeks happiness but he often never finds it. Our reasoning is not always the most logical. “If I had a bigger house I would be happy.” For how long? “If I could get that job, I would be happy” For how long? “If had more money, I would be happy.” How much money and for how long would it satisfy? Because of our foolishness in the search for happiness, advertisers spend billions to convince us we are unhappy without their product.

Jesus’ Offer of Happiness. Jesus offers man many things—the way to the Father (John 14:6), forgiveness through His blood (Matt. 26:28), salvation (2 Tim. 2:10), redemption (Eph. 1:7), et al. The Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount, describe citizens in His kingdom and lists the attitudes and behaviors resulting in happiness. Each Beatitude is introduced with the word “Blessed” meaning “fortunate, happy, free from daily cares and worries” (Rogers and Rogers 8). The Beatitudes teach us how to relate to God and our fellowman that we may be happy. The happiness Jesus’ offers allows us to be happy regardless the circumstances in this life in which we may find ourselves.

How Happiness in Jesus Is Achieved. Physical happiness in our life is achieved in many ways, but it is always temporary. Man’s spiritual nature seeks happiness, peace, joy, contentment, et al. The difference between physical and spiritual happiness is the difference between that which is temporal and that which is eternal. The enjoyment of salvation and the promise of eternally dwelling in heaven is something with permanency. Salvation, hope of eternal life, and the unchangeableness of God’s promises are true and produce happiness. There is no comparison between life of 80, 90, or 100 plus years and with the eternity of heaven. You ask, “must we not deal with life here?” The answer is “yes,” but in this life we must place the emphasis on the eternal rather than the temporary.

Applying Jesus’ Teaching to Our Life. How are we to apply His eternal principles in our life so as to be happy? Jesus instructs man in the Sermon on the Mount to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matt. 6:33). Our obligation“seek.” Our order“first.” Our object“the kingdom of God and His righteousness.” This text instructs all to seek and to apply God’s will to life. We are to make spiritual matters first and foremost, and all other matters secondary. We may not always get what we want, but God will provide all that each of us needs if we seek His will. The eternal can never fade, can never be tom down, and can never lose its value! It is imperative that we depend upon God in life.

Are you happy? Are you seeking happiness God’s way? If not, why?