“Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit.”–Ecc. 2:17
While most people are hunting for happiness, some have given up the hunt. Sadly, some give up on life altogether and a few chose to end it. More than a few suppose that the world is so wicked and the road is so rough that it is useless to even hope for happiness. They have come to believe that regardless of how hard they try it will always be beyond their reach. They are given to gloom, chronic complainers, miserable murmurers, forever finding fault with things. They are a curse to their companions and troublesome to themselves. If they can’t have more, bigger, and better they figure “what’s the use?”. To make matters worse, they get bitter about it. They feel they deserve what they desire and should not be deprived of it. And woe unto the person who they feel is standing in their way. Even God does not escape their wrath in some cases. They feel He is unfairly withholding what they want. Their bitter anger is manifested in numerous ways and directed toward many different people. They wonder, “Doesn’t God want me to be happy?” Yes He does, but He wants you to find your happiness in Him. It is not until we turn to the Lord and seek to please Him that we find true happiness in life.
It would be a great day if folks discovered that true and lasting happiness can be had in Christ.God’s promises and the light of His Word brings hope to the heart, regardless of the circumstances. Rather than giving up, we should accept responsibility for our unhappiness and press onward in the pursuit of God’s will for our life. It is in seeking His glory that we find our greatest gratification. There is no pleasure that equals that of knowing we have pleased God. That’s where you will find happiness.