Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Seeking to be happy

The whole world wants to be happy. Don't we? Unfortunately we seek for it in the wrong places. God says happy are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be satisfied. God gives all sorts of recipes for happiness in His Word. Like this one from Psalm 40:

"Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who makes the Lord his refuge and trust, and turns not to the proud or to followers of false gods."

If we seek to be happy we should really seek the Lord. In Him alone is true joy. I love how this verse says that the happy person (blessed) will not turn to the proud or to those who follow false gods. Another way to say this is: "those who do not turn to the world and those who belong to the world."

In the amplified bible whenever the word blessed is used it gives the three words: happy, fortunate and envied. Check out some time and type in the word blessed (using the amplified version). Look to God's Word for how you can be happy, not the world's words.

A few ways for me to be happy today:

Be in the Word
Be submissive and loving toward my husband
Teach and guide my children with love and joy
Listen to Godly things like sermons
Work diligently at beautifying my home
Think on what is pure, lovely, etc.
Focusing on our future with the Lord (listen to this sermon)

What are some ways you can be happy today?

Here are some things that will steal my happiness:

Focus on self
Too much time on internet
Thinking on worldly things
Letting my house get messy
Not loving my children and husband with patience
Staying out of God's Word
Worrying about tomorrow

Only the Lord can make us truly happy.