“It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you’re happy.”
Walking through Walmart one day, this is the shirt I saw. At first I just walked by, not caring much and continued going where I needed to go. Then, as I thought about it, I realized how non-Biblical it really is. And this shirt was almost sold out. This is a common belief in our society today: I can do what I want, as long as I’m happy.
Let me tell you, this is not what the Bible teaches.
When handling this belief, we need to first understand the difference between joy and happiness. According to dictionary.com, happiness means “good fortune, or pleasure.” This definition makes happiness out to be something of a temporary, less fulfilling nature. The definition of joy is “the emotion of great delight caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying.” That sounds a lot closer to the Bible, doesn’t it?
So, if joy isn’t found in this world, where is it found and how can we get it?
In Nehemiah 12:43, it says that the people of Israel “rejoiced, because God had given them great joy.” These people were not joyful because they had satisfied their earthly desires. These people were filled with such delight because of what God had done for them.
God wants us to be joyful, and He wants to be the one to give us that joy.
We cannot find true contentment and lasting pleasure in the things of this world. If you want to read more about the hope we have after this world, go read this post.
Have you heard some of the world’s views of happiness? How do you handle them? Comment below!