Give me happiness, O Lord, for I give myself to you. (Psalm 86:4 NLT)
When making a concerted attempt to define happiness in the context of the earth, it is agreeable that happiness is elusive. But, understanding what happiness means from God’s perspective is definable.
During a search for an academic article, I came across this article entitled Is Feeling Good Always What Motivates Us?
No uncertainty that the the author wrote the text from an atheistic point of view. And that is where it inspired me to devise a brief note in opposition to some of the points in it.
Foremost, I would like to underline the fact that God is the only source of happiness. Today we inhabit in a perverse society where the system seems to dictate how we ought to be living. Happiness tends to be a calculation basis. This brings up to wealth, education, property, relationship, medication, lifestyles, friendship, et cetera. Altogether these are likewise described in the article and which I agree to some.
My contention is that, in the definition of many denominations, Christianity seems counterbalanced. There is the division of doctrines and spiritual practices. Some support the belief that the Christian’s pious reward awaits him in heaven. But, some declare that he does not need to travel as far as passing through the various skies to get his blessings as they are here on earth for him. With the jostling of the believer here and there, by many doctrinal viewpoints, I am certain he only needs the Holy Spirit to show him the truthful path.
If a Christian does not live a happy life and experience happiness here on land, then what sort of God is he serving? For the faithful, living a virtuous life means obeying the commandments of the Lord. A true Christian doesn’t steal, fights, cause trouble, et cetera. He won’t disobey the law of his society, because he knows what the words of God instruct. We are to honor and respect our leaders even if they are not believers like us. All these are mere instructions to orient the path of the righteous (Proverbs 119:105). Despite, the believer knows that, irrespective of his law-abiding standards he needs to maintain unwavering relationship with God.
We exist not by our power and strength in this testing period (Zechariah 4:6). If that is the case, we would be unable to withstand the circumstances surrounding us. The fact that being happy cannot prevent many people from committing suicide in the name honour, and in depression portrait that God is the only decent source of genuine happiness.
And to get that, we need to get closer and closer to the throne of Grace where the mercy and His peace that transcends all human understanding (Philippians 4:7) will protect us in any situations. And we do this by daily communion, meditation, prayer and studying the word of God.