I truly got swept up in the word of the Bible this week. My devotional has been on happiness. I just wanted to share a little of it with you.
I started this devotional Sunday because Jacob and I started talking about being happy. I was stressing about every little thing (mostly money… of course), and I plainly said “If I just had a money tree somewhere, I would be set for life and I would be so happy.” He just looked at me with a straight face and said “Money doesn’t buy happiness Mik. Money can’t fix everything for you.”
Well, let’s just say he put me a couple notches down on the totem pole. It really hit me hard, because he was right.
There is no amount of money, fame or power that can truly make us “happy.” I am continuing to search in the wrong places for happiness. I thought about all the happy people I know, they all have the same thing in common, a sense of peace with themselves and with others.
The world says happiness is all about what you have. That’s not true. But we have two different theories here,
Prosperity theory: Money fixes problems. Rich people are happy. If God cares about our happiness, then he must want us to be rich. But that’s the problem, all rich people aren’t happy. Some of them may be miserable.
Poverty theory: Simplicity eliminates problems. Poor people are happy. But that’s the problem, all poor people aren’t happy. Some of them may be miserable.
Abundant resources don’t guarantee lasting happiness and the simplicity of limited resources don’t guarantee lasting happiness. Jesus claims that both rich and poor can experience true happiness.
Happy people are poor in spirit.
Happy people acknowledge their need for God.
Happy people recognize that no matter what they have, they are nothing apart from the grace and mercy of God.
This happiness comes from understanding that the greatest needs in life will not be met by material things. The greatest need in life can only be met through the love and grace of God.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew 5:3 NIV