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Are You Really Happy?

Jan 21, 2024 | Sunday Devotional

Psalm 144:15 “Happy is that people, that is in a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD”.

A man walked up to me some time ago and said, “I want to ask you something. You’re a Christian, aren’t you? ” I said, yes, I am.” He asked, Are you really happy? Does it really make a difference?” The truth is that being a Christian can make a difference, but it doesn’t always.

Some people look at Christianity almost like a magic pill – a simple solution for every problem. Yet the Bible clearly tells us that God ‘s children will have trouble. Jesus said, “…In the world ye shall have tribulation…” John 16:33.

If we are going to be happy and abounding with joy in a world filled with confusion and trouble, our hearts must be fixed on something that is unchanging. In John 16:33, Jesus also said, “… be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” We have a choice to make – we can believe what Jesus said, or we can doubt it. Your happiness today is determined more by your belief than by your circumstances.

Because God never changes, He can serve as a source of happiness no matter what is happening to us. He will never lack the resources to meet our needs. He will never lack the love to give us what is best for us. He will never lack the power to overcome the obstacles we face. Our circumstances may change frequently – God never changes.

We live in a society where it often seems that everything is changing. Companies that were once giants of industry crumble into dust. The notion of working at one job for a lifetime seems almost quaint today. People move from place to place and town to town. In such a rootless world, we need something on which we can firmly rely; and there is nothing more certain than the promises of God.

We live in a day when there is great interest about the future. People are looking for someone who can explain what’s coming next. Sadly, they are finding a lot of misleading answers. There is so much confusion and false doctrine regarding prophecy. False teachers twist the events prophesied in Scripture to support their own claims.

Studies consistently show that even though we have more than any past generation , we are enjoying it less and less. Depression, disappointment, and a lack of fulfilment are reported as rising in survey after survey.

Why is that? Why do we find it hard to be content? In part, it is because of our fallen nature, but it is also important that we recognize the multiplied advertisement designed to create discontent. If we allow the messages that are constantly bombarding us affect our thinking, we can easily fall into the trap of thinking that if we just had a little bit more, we would then be happy.

Lasting Happiness Comes As We Remain Fixed On The Lasting Promises Of God.

Pastor Paul Okonkwo
Independent Baptist Bible Church (IBBC),
New Haven,
Enugu

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