How to Find True Happiness

 Written by: Damian Chambers | 11/14/2015 4:43:19 AM |

The need and desire for happiness is one of the greatest desires of the human heart. As a matter of fact, it could be rightly said, that the things we do is with a desire to be happy. That’s why we

  • Eat when hungry
  • Sleep when tired,
  • Drink when thirsty,
  • Play when bored,
  • have conversations and  seek friendship when lonely . . . because we desire to be happy.

We usually tend to avoid those tasks or situations that we perceive will not bring us happiness or will cause unhappiness. But, while the pursuit of happiness is common to all, not all are happy with the things that they sought happiness from.

We don’t have to look very far to find people in every category of life who end up being dissatisfied with the object that they have sought or have been seeking after all their lives—whether it’s money, sex, status, fame, beauty or power. 

King Solomon is one powerful example of someone who was dissatisfied with the objects he sought happiness from. Solomon says, “I wanted to see what was worthwhile for men to do under heaven during the few days of their lives.” (Ecclesiastes 2:3, NIV).

He sought to amass wealth in order to find happiness:

  • Building projects (2:4, 5)
  • Reservoirs of water (v. 6).
  • Male and female slaves (v. 7).
  • Silver and gold (v. 8).
  • Male and female singers (v. 8).
  • 700 Wives and 300 concubines (1 Kings 11:3)
  • Whatever my heart desired (v. 10).

According to one website, which attempted to calculate Solomon’s wealth:

  • Yearly income (US$709 Million)
  • Net worth (US$40 Billion), much more than Bill Gates

But, he found, these were meaningless and did not lead to true happiness (v. 11). Solomon discovered, “Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income . . . .” (Ecclesiastes 5:10 NIV).

Therefore, we go to the question again, “where can you find true happiness?”

Thank God, Solomon discovered it before he died, and he did not leave us in the dark. Solomon concluded-- “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13).

Happiness is found in being at peace with God and having our lives in harmony with His commandments. How do I know? This is the source of the happiness and peace that is found in heaven (Psalm 103:19, 20).

That is why Jesus asks us to pray, “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). We cannot have “peace on earth”, if people are living in rebellion against God’s commandments.

We cannot have happiness in our lives without being at peace with God.

Before we go into the matter of what Solomon means, when he says, “fear God and keep His commandments…”, we want to look at what is it that causes us to be so unhappy with the things we seek happiness from.

Before Adam he bore the image and likeness of his Creator. His nature was in harmony with the will of God. His affections were pure; his appetites and passions were under the control of reason. He was holy and happy in bearing the image of God and in perfect obedience to His will.

But, after man sinned, everything changed. First of all, they lost their connection with God. Therefore, instead of being governed by God and His holy principles, selfishness became the rule of life. ‘Lust’ replaced ‘Love’ in his heart. To ‘Lust’, means to ‘desire selfishly’.

In other words, the desires of man’s heart were now out of harmony with the will of God; therefore, man would desire and seek for things that are not good for him. Romans 8:6-8. Therefore, from that day till now, man’s desires are always leading him down into the wrong paths (Proverbs 16:25; James 1:14-15)

Because of sin he desires and seeks after things that lead to unhappiness. You know the thing is wrong; you know it is unhealthy, but you still do it, because to you it is pleasurable or will make you happy.

Therefore, the only way to find true happiness is to have our hearts fixed. We need to put God back on the throne of our hearts and place our lives in harmony with His commandments. For only He has the power and wisdom to guide us in the right path.

That is why Solomon concluded, that the guide to true happiness, is the “fear God and keep His commandments.”

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