“All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the LORD.” Proverbs 16:2
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.
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.
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