What Is Happiness?
Joyful indeed are those whose God is the Lord (Psalm 144:15, NLT).
A distraught, miserable man was looking for help and sought the counsel of a liberal minister. Looking at the unhappy condition of the man, the minister said, “Just forget about those things. Why don’t you go see that famous comedian who’s appearing at a local comedy club? I hear that he’s keeping everyone in stitches. Go listen to him, and you’ll forget how miserable you feel.”
After a moment of silence, the man said, “I am that comedian.”
What is happiness? I think the world’s version of it is quite different than the Bible’s version. The happiness of this world depends on circumstances. If you are in good health, the bills are paid, and things are going well, then according to the world’s philosophy, you are happy. But if someone cuts you off on the freeway, or if something else goes wrong, then suddenly you are unhappy. Your happiness hinges on what is happening at a given moment.
The Bible gives us a completely different view of this thing called happiness. According to Scripture, true happiness is never something that should be sought directly; it always results from seeking something else. When we are trying to be happy, when we are trying to be fulfilled, we rarely are. But when we forget about those things and get back to the very purpose for which God put us on earth, suddenly we find the wonderful byproduct of happiness popping up in our lives.
When we seek holiness, we will find happiness. When we seek righteousness, we will become happy people because our will is aligned with the will of God as we walk in harmony with Him. The rest of life will then find the proper balance.