strives for happiness. Yet, so often it is hard to find. This
can be because many people are not quite certain what will
make them happy. For some it is having enough food to eat.
For others it is having a good job, while many people would
be very happy just to have a job! For others still it is getting
more money, more possessions and more prestige. And for some,
happiness is having a good family that is well-adjusted. For
many less fortunate people, happiness is just being well.
have you noticed that not everyone who gets their wishes stays
happy? Often, happiness is only temporary. It doesn't seem
long before people begin to lose their happiness and start
searching for it again. For a lot of people, searching for
happiness is a life-long but sometimes elusive pursuit.
does the Bible say about happiness? Solomon, probably the
wisest person who has lived on this earth (apart from Jesus)
said, "Blessed (happy) is the man who finds wisdom, the
man who gains understanding". Prov 3:13. It's very hard
to dispute this isn't it? When we realise that we have made
good decisions based on wisdom and understanding we certainly
other verses provide further perspective for us. Paul said
"I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances".
Philippians 4:11. So often unhappiness is brought about because
we are never satisfied. Paul was undoubtedly happy because
he accepted his problems as being part of his life. And the
other verse was written by James. "As you know, we consider
blessed (happy) those who have persevered. ... The Lord is
full of compassion and mercy". James 5:11. In other words,
happiness can come because we show the commitment to see a
task through to its completion. Serving God continually is
one such task that will result in long-term happiness.