We search for happiness, but will we ever find it? or Is the search for happiness like a wild goose chase? Are we travelling along a dead end street? Are we on a road that leads to nowhere?
Jesus gives us something to think about. This is what he says to us: “Seek first God’s kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33).
Do you think you can find happiness in yourself? Jesus says, “Think again.” Think about what you’re really looking for. Ask yourself, “Will it really bring me happiness?”
As we ask the question, “Is there a way to true happiness, we can learn so much from the words of Paul: “Rejoice in the Lord always” (Philippians 4:4). Paul doesn’t just say to us, “Be happy.” That’s a difficult thing to do. We search for happiness, but, somehow, it keeps on escaping our grasp. What’s our problem? Are we looking in the wrong places? Paul tells us where we are to look for happiness: “Rejoice in the Lord always.” In the Lord – we must never forget this. Our true joy is in the Lord.
How will true joy take shape in our lives? ;
Paul has more to say to us about this: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
Is there any suggestion, here, that we will have a carefree life? No! Paul isn’t saying that to us. What is he saying? He’s telling us to take our anxieties to the Lord. He’s telling us that, when we take our anxieties to the Lord, “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
Will we ever be free from anxiety? No! We won’t.
Will we know what to do when anxiety comes our way? Yes! We will.
We will take it to the Lord in the prayer.