True Happiness

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

The Declaration of Independence of the United States boldly claims that each person is “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

This pursuit of happiness is a driving force for many people. But the question continually is asked, what does it take to be happy? They wonder, “How can I be happy?”

A recent poll revealed that only a third of Americans are very happy. What makes the difference? One main factor was being “religious.” Those considered religious are more likely to be very happy than those who don’t consider themselves religious. And those who attend religious services regularly are more likely to be very happy than those who don’t.

These conclusions point us toward Biblical truths. But there we see that real change does not result just from being “religious” but making Jesus our Lord. Having a personal relationship with God. Being filled with the Spirit.

Many people make this quest difficult. But the Bible says it really is simple: Those “whose God is the Lord” are “happy, blessed, fortunate, prosperous, and to be envied.” This is a consistent message throughout the Bible.

We are happy when we find God’s wisdom and gain His understanding (Proverbs 3:13). We are happy when we show mercy to the poor (Proverbs 14:21), trust Him (Proverbs 16:20), fear Him (Proverbs 28:14), and keep His laws (Proverbs 29:18). We are happy as we worship Him and walk in the light of His presence (Psalm 89:15).

The world promises many paths to happiness. But Believers know that true happiness is found only in God. This results in a lasting joy, and a countenance that shows the difference He makes. With Him in our lives, we are blessed, fortunate, prosperous, and to be envied.

What are you doing to find happiness?