This is Happiness
Were they happy? They certainly appeared to be. I asked God, "Why don't I have all the things they have? Shouldn't I be happy?"
And the Father asked me, "What do you call happiness? Where are you looking for it? And who is your provider?"
- Was I counting on myself to create happiness in my life? In that case, did I think I could work harder, faster, smarter, to get what I needed? Could I be doing things better?
- Was I counting on someone else? Would another person give me satisfaction? If there was a special someone in my life, would that do the trick? Would I feel worthwhile? Would I be significant?
- Did I count on more or better stuff to make me happy? Did I need a new car, or a bigger house, maybe just a prettier wardrobe?
Over the years, I've tried all these things. Not one of them, not all of them, succeeded in making me a happier person. But God does have the answer. He supplies all I need.
- I will not be in want because he is my shepherd. The shepherd protects and cares for all the needs of his sheep. (Psalm 23:1)
- I lack nothing. Right now. At this moment, I lack nothing.(Psalm 34:9-10)
- He doesn't promise things will be easy, but when hard times come, my God will not leave me. He will take care of me. (Joshua 1:5, Isaiah 41:10, Psalm 37:19)
- When I actively seek God. When I strive for his will and his character, he will give it to me, and everything I need to live, as well. (Matthew 6:33)
- The Father says I can't even begin to think of or imagine the treasures he has planned for me. (1 Corinthians 2:9)
Living in this world, that is far from holy and righteous, I wonder why the Creator would take care of me this way.
- I am chosen to be holy and blameless in his sight. (Colossians 3:12, Ephesians 1:4)
- I am loved. (John 3:16, Colossians 3:12)
- I am a child of the King. (Galatians 3:26, 1 John 2:28)
- I am set apart to belong to him. (1 Peter 2:9)
- I am kept and protected by God. (1 Peter 1:5)
This is joy. This is happiness.
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