There are times when you’re going to be happy, and there are times when you’re not. You can’t always be happy. We live a life of the flesh. We’re vulnerable to sin.
When sin entered the world, our feelings of happiness became inconsistent. Sometimes we know it and other times we crave it. We crave it from the moment we’re born! It’s okay to want happiness and it’s okay to pursue it. And you know what? We have help.
We can remember to take God with us. Everywhere we go!
Complete happiness is found in intimacy with the Father. You’ll feel complete happiness when you are sitting at His throne and He smiles on you. That’s completion. That’s perfect happiness. That’s the warmth and joy you crave.
You will feel great! You will have peace and joy! No more anger. No more inconsistency. You’ll be on an even keel and all the storms will be over. Nothing left but calm.
I am sure that people who walk through life without Jesus will find happiness, but I don’t think it’s as great as the happiness that comes from intimacy with God. Now that I know the happiness and joy that comes from our King, I have to have it!
But I lose Him. We all do. Just remember that as often as you lose Jesus, you will find Him again. This is not a bad thing. It’s actually awesome. There’s nothing like the joy you feel when you find Jesus in different places on your walk through life. You’re like a kid whose Dad or Mom has just come home.
When I come home, my sons see me and they run straight for me. “There you are, Daddy!” They run and jump in my arms because they’re so glad I’m home. Man, I love the smiles on their faces when they run and jump in my arms! They say, “I’m so glad to see you!” I truly think they are happy when they do that.
I think that’s the feeling we have each time we find God. We have that feeling of, “There you are, Daddy! I’m so happy to see you!” You know? We have that same feeling of joy.
I don’t stay home all the time. I come home and I leave again. And I come home again, and I leave, and then I come home. When you’re a follower of Jesus, you’re going to lose Him the same way during your journey in life.
My sons lose me because I go to work, but we lose Jesus because of our flesh. We just get distracted. He doesn’t necessarily want us to lose Him, but it’s going to happen. It’s always going to happen until He comes again.
Even if He doesn’t go anywhere we’re going to lose Him. Even if He’s always there we’re going to lose Him. The irony is that we lose our greatest source of happiness, God, because we’re trying to find happiness! We think, “Well, this car will make me happy.” Or this outfit, or this new athletic gear, or this new book. This will make me happy!
Jesus says, “No, stick with me! You’ll be happy!” “Yeah,” we say, “but there’s this thing that I need. It will make me even happier.” And Jesus says, “Well, it won’t. It will bring you temporary happiness. You’re right about that. And that’s why I want you to have it.
“But just remember, that’s not it. If you forget about me, if you forget about intimacy with me and devotional time with me, if you forget to bring me along with you, if you forget to understand that we still need to talk and dialogue, you’ll lose me.”
I really think that’s what He says! So that means the surest way to be happy is this: don’t forget Jesus.
See you Monday.