Article 5.10.17

Posted by Dr. Reggie Bridges on

Happiness seems to be an elusive ambition for many of us. We read books, attend seminars, explore spirituality, and form relationships all in an effort to find that place of true contentment. But where does true happiness come from? In the Scripture, we discover multiple passages that speak about happiness. For example, look at Psalm 146. There, the writer expresses his joy in a song and cites his source of happiness.

The Psalmist especially warns us against placing our faith in temporal objects. He commands, “Do not put your trust in princes, nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help” (Psalm 146:3 NKJV). In other words, do not put your ultimate confidence in any human being, especially in leaders. Why?  Because “his spirit departs, he returns to his earth; In that very day his plans perish” (146:4 NKJV). Every individual will pass away; every human invention is temporary. Bleak, huh? Maybe, but read on.

Later, the biblical author communicates the true source of happiness: “Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God” (Psalm 146:5 NKJV). The key to happiness: absolute confidence in God. We experience true contentment in life when our faith is totally placed in the God who lasts forever. Out trust is in God who has unlimited ability! That’s what the Psalmist means when he identifies God as the maker of “heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them” (Psalm 146:6). God has creative power. Does this realization really affect our happiness? Absolutely. Think of it. If your god was a frog, how much contentment would you have each day? How could you get up each morning with the confidence that your “frog god” would give you enough strength for the day? You see, our God has unlimited power and resources, and He has enough strength to take care of us. In fact, He is the God who turns impossibilities into possibilities. Personally, that reality makes me happy.

Don’t misunderstand Him to be a cosmic tyrant though. He has power, but He also has compassion. The Psalmist says that God gives justice to the oppressed, food to the hungry, freedom to the prisoners, sight to the blind, and relief to the fatherless and widowed (146:7-9 NKJV). The message: He cares. God not only has power to work in your life, but He also wants to work in your life. This truth should give the most disheartened individual joy. How about you? Are you happy? If not, trust in the God who has the ability and the desire to work in your life right now.      

I look forward to seeing you Sunday as we honor our moms, but more importantly, as we celebrate the joy of our great God! See you then!