Pursuit of Happiness

Am I fundamentally and consistently a happy person? If not, how come? Is it even possible to be fundamentally and consistently happy always? Is happiness attainable amid struggles?

During our youth, most of use view turning eighteen as moving out of our parents’ house and getting a car. These to us are the moments that happiness sets in. Happiness is this natural state of mind that we acquire when we reach a desired goal in life. As we get older we realize that obtaining happiness is not as easy as we thought. We can sit down and think about the most “prosperous people,” the famous and the rich. Sadly, a large majority of the rich and famous have some cynical thoughts toward happiness.

Happy is the man that hath not walked in the counsel of the wicked, nor stood in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in His law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by streams of water, that bringeth forth its fruit in its season, and whose leaf doth not wither; and in whatsoever he doeth he shall prosper. Not so the wicked; but they are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the wicked shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD regardeth the way of the righteous; but the way of the wicked shall perish.” – Psalm 1

Psalm chapter one speaks directly to this. It says that a happy man delights in the law of the Lord and meditates on it night and day. The Psalm then paints a beautiful illustration, about a tree that’s planted by the water and no matter what comes, drought or storm the tree will not wither but rather bear fruit. The tree will simply root deeper for the water in the stream.  We are the tree, and we must plant ourselves near JESUS (the stream) so that we remain in His love and the wicked would be blown away like trash in the wind. The simple fact is, He came to destroy the works of the devil.

     “The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil” – 1 John 3:8
“Only as a human being could He die, and only by dying could He break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death” – Hebrews 2:14
“Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.” – John 12:31
“For the ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing in Me” – John 14:30

 

In the movie The Pursuit of Happiness, Chris Gardner played by Will Smith says, “It was right then that I started thinking about Thomas Jefferson on the Declaration of Independence and the part about our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And I remember thinking how did he know to put the pursuit part in there? That maybe happiness is something that we can only pursue and maybe we can actually never have it. No matter what. How did he know that?” Chris has a point, never has happiness been acquired through our personal, selfish pursuit of it.

True happiness is only found when we pursue Jesus, when we seek and knock on the door. True happiness is only a byproduct of our relationship with Him. Money, fame, and prestige are the worlds way to keep us as the chaff blowing in the wind. True happiness is called joy, for happiness is fleeting, superficial and is only based on what’s happening in the moment.  Joy on the other hand is fundamental. Joy is true happiness. For when we pursue Jesus, joy is a result of that relationship. Joy remains despite what is happening around us, as long as we are drawing deep into Him, the living water.

 

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