I Just Want You to Be Happy
“Happy are the people whose God is the Lord!”
At some point in our lives, we may have heard or even said these words, “I just want you to be happy”. It may have been to (or from) a boyfriend or girlfriend during a break-up, or from parent to child when contemplating the future. We desire happiness for those we love, but what does it mean to be happy? The dictionary defines happiness as “a state of well-being and contentment; a pleasurable or satisfying experience”. Happiness is an external feeling based on other people, things, places, or events.
God desires for His children to be happy because He is the true source of happiness. However, even as followers of Christ, we do not always pursue that happiness. All of God’s commands are meant to provide happiness, but many times we choose not to turn to His Word because we are afraid of feeling chastised or convicted. We often view the Bible as a Rule Book and so we find it easier to look for happiness in others and the things that others might provide us. But those very rules are what God promises will bring us happiness when we “bind them on our fingers and write them on the tablet of our heart. (Proverbs 7:3) God’s Word teaches us that if we keep our eyes on the Lord, then, our hearts will be glad. (Ps.16:8-9) Happiness brings peace, and when we have peace then we find that we can rest. We rest secure knowing that God is always present. It is God’s will that we, His children, find our happiness in HIM.
The laws of the Lord are right, and those who obey them are happy. (Ps. 19:8; GNT)
Suggested Prayer: Dear God, it’s so easy to seek happiness in earthly things, things I can see. Please help me to remember that true happiness is found in You and that Your desire is for me to be happy in You. Give me the desire to seek you above all things and to obey your commands. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Psalm 144: 15b
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Richard (Dick) Innes unless otherwise stated.