Where does happiness come from? Is it something that we aspire to? Is it something that we get when we act a certain way or do a specific thing? In my searching the web for some different answers all signs basically pointed to happiness coming from within. One source that I found attributed it to finding the “true source” within and says that happiness lies within us and all can be happy if we find the “true source” within. Yet another source says that happiness is obtained by building relationships and instead of spending your money on objects such as televisions that we should invest in relationships and experiences.
Ecclesiastes 2:24-26 states that “a man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge, and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God.” Pastor Greg Laurie says that “If you want to be happy, you have to see yourself as you are, you have to be sorry for it, and you have to want change in your life.”
Happiness comes from the Lord and no matter what we do to try to obtain happiness we will never truly find happiness without humbling ourselves before the Lord and submitting to Him fully. Ultimately happiness can be found in the “true source” and it can be found in relationship, but it is only truly found in relationship with the one source that gave us life, God. Anything that we obtain for ourselves will quickly be lost and we will be right back where we started, but true happiness comes from our Father and from understanding how desperately we need Him.
Are you in need of happiness in your life? Are you tired of trying to create happiness in your life? Let’s stop and take a moment to realize that we will only truly be happy when we seek the Lord. As Christians we should be showing the lost that life is better in Christ, but all too often we don’t appear to be any better off than the lost person is. We all can certainly do a better job of trusting in God to supply us with the happiness that we need and when we do we will become better witnesses to those around us who so desperately need Jesus and we will also be filled with the happiness of the Lord.