The world won’t make you happy. He will

Posted 1/21/22

In this new year I’m sure you have seen many commercials promising that this could be your best year yet if you just do this or achieve that. The list of things they want to sell to make you …

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The world won’t make you happy. He will

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In this new year I’m sure you have seen many commercials promising that this could be your best year yet if you just do this or achieve that. The list of things they want to sell to make you better is never ending. You walk in stores and see the same “new year-new you” products.

Have you ever gotten an invitation to a sale only to get there to find the items that were advertised are not what they appeared?

Just recently I experienced just that. It made me stop and think about how this world is like that. The world advertises a happy and fulfilling life if we buy this thing or go to this place. We must have perfect homes, families, cars and be well traveled to experience this “happy life.” Even our food must be magazine worthy for our lives to be good.

If we examine the scriptures we see a completely different picture of what it means to be truly happy. Look at Matthew 5:3-12. The word blessed in this portion of scripture simply means happy. Does this look anything like the world’s version of happiness to you? What the world says will make you happy will leave you empty handed.

Do you think happiness means that everything always goes your way, you always get everything you want and everyone in your family is always satisfied? That is not at all the kind of blessed this scripture is referring to. Many who actually live a blessed life have been through countless trials and sorrows. They have experienced need and loss and have trusted Jesus to meet their needs. He is their source of joy and peace. Happy typically has to do with emotion based off circumstances or events. Joy can be found in the absence of those emotions or events.

James 1 tells us to “consider it pure joy when we go through trials.” Does that mean we are happy in the middle of the trial? It means that we trust God to work it for our good and His glory. Trusting God means a blessed life. This world doesn’t think much of those who show mercy or keep peace found in verses 7-9. This world tells us we are entitled to our feelings and we should share them openly with everybody. We should stand up for ourselves and when we are angered or hurt we should get back at the person who wronged us. Verses 11-12 tell a completely different story of how we should handle ourselves and respond to others. Everyone seems to be looking for praise these days. This scripture tells us as believers our reward is great and it is not found in this world, but in heaven.

If today finds you searching for a blessed life, look to God’s word. His word will guide you to a meaningful and blessed life. You will not be free of trials or pain but you will have someone to walk through them with you. Maybe the lesson isn’t for you. Maybe it’s for someone in your life who needs to see the example of a blessed life; the example of a good response to discomfort or need.

There is someone who needs to know you trust God no matter what, because this world is not our home!

In a world that takes — give.

In a world that is filled with “my way” — go His way.

In a world that is filled with hate — love. If we start here and live each day by the example Jesus set I feel confident that this will be our best year ever!

Erika Wrench lives in Godwin. Reach her at naw819@yahoo.com

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