Happiness is a byproduct, not the goal

Happiness is one of those things that seems to be like water in your hand—it seems to always get away. Today I was challenged with thinking properly about happiness. If I seek happiness I will never find it. Happiness is not based upon my circumstances but is a byproduct of something else. Happiness comes from within and is sourced in my relationship with God.

Blessed (happy) is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.“ (Psalm 1:1-2)

Jesus also talks about this concept in Matthew 5:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”

In fact, the word “blessed” is used 121 times in the New Testament and it never says “the happy person is the one who seeks happiness.” Happiness is the fruit of other things—primarily being rightly related to God and His Word.

Father, thank you for the reminder that lasting happiness is not found in my circumstances and is the fruit of my relationship with you. Help me to make you the primary allegiance of my heart. That is the only place to find happiness and fulfillment, for you are my God.

Following Jesus with you,

Jeff

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