Ask a dozen people what brings happiness and you’ll probably get a dozen different answers. Here are a few common replies:
- Financial security
- Physical health
- Family harmony
- A dream job
- A dream spouse
- World peace
Finding happiness in any or all of the above is totally okay, but trouble comes if we depend on them for happiness. Circumstances change, people change, the weather changes, the world changes. If these things on which we base our happiness change, then our emotional state goes through an upheaval, too.
So where can true happiness be found? In doing life God’s way. Psalm 119:35 says, “Make me walk along the path of your commands, for that is where my happiness is found.” It doesn’t say, “Give me a nice house in a nice neighborhood, for that is where my happiness is found.” Neither does it say, “Give me good health, for that is where my happiness is found,” nor “Give me a family without dysfunction, for that is where my happiness is found.”
Nope. Happiness is found when we do life God’s way. That doesn’t mean we’ll be problem-free. It doesn’t mean we won’t take the fallout from someone else’s issues. It doesn’t mean we’ll never suffer sorrow or pain or loss. But doing life God’s way guarantees the ability to deal well with all of the above. It gives freedom from guilt. It gives us the strength to forgive, and to face our fears. It gives us peace in the midst of storms.
When our relationship with Jesus is on par and we’re doing life His way, then we experience happiness—a deep, settled sense of well-being no matter what. If we lose that sense of well-being, we might find it helpful to ask ourselves, “Have I strayed from the path of God’s commands? If so, how have I strayed, and what must I do to return?”
The answer might sound something like this:
- “I’ve strayed in my thought life. I’m focused on my fears rather than on God’s promised presence. I need to ensure my thoughts linger on truth rather than on what-ifs.”
- “I’ve strayed in my ambition. I’m more concerned about making money or building a name for myself than about following God’s purpose for my life. I need to relinquish self-ambition and ask Him to give me His dreams for my future.”
- “I’ve strayed in my attitude toward a difficult family member or coworker. I’m harboring a hurt and not wanting to forgive. I need to ask God to help me see this person through His eyes and extend forgiveness as He’s forgiven me.”
Where’s true happiness found? Walking on the path of God’s commands. Let’s stay there, friends. And should we wander from it, let’s be intentional about returning.
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