27th January 2020

The Way to True Happiness

“And He said to them, ‘Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.’”
Luke 12:15 (NKJV)

The whole world is in pursuit of happiness. Every one desires to be happy. Nothing wrong. But most people think great possession of things brings happiness, which is true to some extent but that happiness is temporary. In this world there are people who are very rich and every thing they want is there for them. But this elite group of people are full of disappointments as well.

Am I a happy person? Yes! My happiness does not depend on who I am or what I think, but it comes as a result of following the principles of happiness and contentment revealed by the Apostle Paul nearly 2000 years ago. In Philippians 4:11-12 he wrote, “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.”

Happiness comes in many forms. For some it is a happy marriage, for some a steady job, good health, a loving relationship with family and friends, and for some success in business, while others find it in sports and entertainments. Whatever it may be and whoever it is, this happiness is elusive, like chasing the shadows. The Bible reveals that happy is he who trusts in the Lord, whose sins are forgiven, whose iniquities are covered by the precious blood of Christ, who came to save us and give abundant life (Proverbs 26:20). Any person who is generous, forgiving, kind, loving and caring experiences inner joy and happiness, which no one can take away from him or her. For me there is that extra dimension of knowing God. Who He is and what He has done for me enhances the happiness that is enduring and very real to me. Happiness is a state of mind—of well-being with deep and intense joy of living.

It hurts when I see the world going further away from the way of permanent happiness prescribed in the Bible. For example, when young people throng to concerts to seek happiness in dancing and singing, and some end up resorting to taking drugs for solace afterwards. I must add there is nothing wrong in dancing and singing in a proper decorum, and I look forward to a time when the young shall rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old together in the future, spoken of in Jeremiah 31:13.

In Christ we find lasting happiness. For He is the fountain from whom flows true happiness in whose presence is fullness of joy and pleasure forevermore (Psalm 16:11).

Our loving Father, I thank You for showing us the way to lasting happiness. In Jesus name I praise, adore and love You with all my being. In His worthy name I ask for help to obey You.

Study by Natu Moti

About the Author:
Natu Moti is a Deacon in the Birmingham Congregation of Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Birmingham
All Saints Church
George Road
B23 7QB

Meeting Time:
Saturday 1pm

Local Congregational Contact:
David Gibbs
Phone: 07777-667635
Email: birmingham@gracecom.church

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