“All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the LORD.” Proverbs 16:2
What would it take to make us happy? Incredible wealth, a great home, human relationships, a better job, Lamborghini, a perfect body or perhaps gourmet meals with servants to wait on you every night? What happens when that goal is reached and there’s still an emptiness?
Adam was perfectly created with the perfect physique, placed in a perfect world but he still wanted something more. Walking with God wasn’t enough for him, and he reached for something he shouldn’t. So even living in a perfect environment didn’t bring happiness!
Don’t judge him too harshly though, we’re like that still today. It’s called “Keeping up with the Joneses.” Many desire what someone else has: a 50 inch TV, a nifty sport car, luxury vacations, an Oscar . . . a 22 inch waist.
Will having a perfect body make you happy? 1 Samuel 16:7 “. . . For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.” A pure and grateful heart is more pleasing to the Lord than a small waistline or celebrity status.
Perhaps relationships will make us happy? Abraham, Isaac and Jacob thought that, but quickly discovered that spouses, siblings, friends and children can break a heart. Humans have character flaws and will eventually let you down. Let our plumb line be centered not on others, but on Christ who is truly perfect.
David was ‘a man after God’s own heart.’ He found God’s favor and yet it wasn’t enough. He lusted after something he couldn’t have, Bathsheba. He knew better and yet risked God’s wrath for momentary pleasure. Sexual addiction can’t bring joy and one can’t build a foundation for happiness on someone else’s pain. It is God who should anchor our marriage.
Money? It’s futile to believe that if we won the lottery, our worries would be over. Does great wealth provide security? No, not even for King Solomon. Solomon possessed greater wealth than anyone and yet declared, “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” Ecclesiastes 1:1b. He had it all: wine, women and song but it didn’t buy happiness. Power and other materialistic provisions require a heavier responsibility.
Searching to fill a void in your life without God, leads to various addictions and pain. All Solomon’s wealth, power and thousands of idol-worshiping wives drew him further away from his Center of Influence, his LORD God. If you are not happy within yourself, no amount of materialism, or lack there-of, will change that. The more wealth Solomon accrued, the more meaningless his life became.
But trials allow us to rely on the Lord Let God make a difference in your life. Find real joy that comes from within: Salvation. It is a gift from the Lord! The apostle Paul began his life with great wealth but gratefully relinquished it for God’s greater glory. He knew what was important in life: contentment within. Let Christ be the center of your influence and experience real Joy!
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” Philippians 4:12