The world’s motto: If it makes you happy, then why not?
Many of us are so easily satisfied that we are willing to settle for a flimsy and empty happiness.
A mere feeling and emotion that cannot last forever.
In our quest for happiness, we hurt others, disobey God and walk on the path of destruction.
Sadly, many do not understand that God is also about our happiness but not necessarily in the way that we have been accustomed to. Fortunately, God has not commanded us to live in obedience in order for Him to deprive us of joy or true happiness.
The truth is that the path of obedience and submission is also the path that leads to life, holiness and true happiness.
There is of course the temptation to separate holiness from happiness, but they don’t necessarily have to be exclusive.
When we live our lives in obedience to God, trusting and following after His leading, even when it is difficult or uncomfortable, we can believe that there is true happiness waiting for us at the end (in this life and the one to come).
We should remember that Jesus Christ submitted Himself to the will of God by enduring the cross. Not for its lack of pain or sorrow, but for the joy that was set before Him (Hebrews 12:2).
The pursuit of happiness can lead to destruction.
But the pursuit of God in holiness, obedience and submission will lead to abundant life, joy, happiness and peace.