How do we achieve happiness in this life? What
must we do or have to reach the point where we are truly happy? Most people of
this world assume they would be content if they were rich. As we see in those
individuals who are rich, money isn’t enough to obtain happiness. In many lives
it brings sorrow and pain, and people who have great wealth always seem to be
trying to achieve more. Others believe alcohol, drugs or sex will do the trick.
Still others look to outside entertainment such as sports, and vacations.
Unfortunately all of these are temporary fixes for a much larger problem. They
are searching for something that seems to them to be allusive. All they know is
that they can’t quite get their hands on it. Well then, what do we do to fill
our lives with happiness?
We want to be content, and filled with a sense of
security as we go through life and look to the future. Yet at the forefront of
people’s minds is their own happiness, most aren’t concerned with the happiness
“I need to get my kicks,” I’ve heard from so many,
“I just want to party and have fun.” It seems anymore, people don’t mind delving
into whatever activity brings them pleasure no matter how immoral it might be;
just as long as they are receiving satisfaction. The idea that we can “eat,
drink, and be merry for tomorrow we die” is more prevalent in our society today
than ever before.
One of the writers of The Old Testament, Solomon,
wrote the book of Ecclesiastes and
had much to say about happiness. Solomon tried it all. He was
king over Israel, he speaks about how he was
given great wisdom, great wealth, many wives and concubines, and he tried
everything under the sun. Eating, drinking, sex, he turned away from the one who
gave him everything and began to allow the worship of idols and pagan gods.
Here’s the richest man whoever lived, and he states that through all the riotous
living, all his pursuing of happiness, all he could come up with to describe
life is, it’s all vanity.
King Solomon begins this book with the following
of vanities," says the Preacher; "Vanity of
vanities, all is vanity."
Ecclesiastes 1:2. After a life of trying everything under the sun,
this is his conclusion: frustration, futility, nonsense, even absurdity; all is
At the end of his writing in Ecclesiastes he writes
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man's all
Solomon basically ruined his life, although he’d
acquired much knowledge, experience, and wisdom, he sums it all up in this
simple statement: Fear God. Fear God means to believe in God, to reverence God,
to love God. Solomon, through mistakes, bad decisions, and foolishness came up
with the only true meaning of life. He describes in detail how he went wrong. By
the end of his life he attributed his whole existence to God.
How can we obtain happiness or contentment while
living in a fallen world? By placing our faith and our trust in Jesus Christ,
and believing in Him who sent Jesus to dwell among us, we will have what Solomon
finally realized by the end of his life” God is the answer. Jesus Christ is God
Almighty, our Creator, our Redeemer, and our Saviour, He’s KING OF KINGS AND
LORD OF LORD.
Come to the cross of Christ; lay your bourdons
down at His feet. Jesus Christ wants to take your troubles, your pains, your
sorrows. He’s waiting. Talk to Him. Turn your life over to Him. You won’t be
sorry. No one who is truly born again is ever sorry for the decision they made
when they asked Jesus Christ to come into their lives. Thusly you’ll have found
God Bless you all,