We have the desire for happiness deeply ingrained within us. In other words, God has hardwired us to be happy. So where do we find this happiness?
We won’t find it is in this world, because the world bases happiness on how well things are going. If things are going reasonably well, then we’re happy. If things are not going so well, then we’re unhappy.
When you obtain everything, when you have all your dreams fulfilled, when you reach all your goals and maybe surpass them, you find how empty it is. And then you realize that happiness isn’t in those things at all.
I think in many cases, the people you follow on social media and those you admire or look up to may have a far more miserable life than you have.
One Gallup study on the subject of happiness found that spiritually committed people are twice as likely to report being very happy than the least spiritually committed people.
I’ll take that a step further: Godly people will be the happiest people. As the Bible says, “Happy are the people whose God is the Lord!” (Psalm 144:15 NKJV).
C. S. Lewis put it this way: “God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn, or the food our spirits were designed to feed on. There is no other. That is why it is just no good asking God to make us happy in our own way. . . . God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”
The more we chase after the Lord, the more godly we’ll become—and the more we’ll find the happiness that has eluded us for so long.