Everyone wants to be happy. I’ve never known or met anyone who wants to miserable. So how can a Christian be truly happy? Does God provide such happiness? Let’s study together!
The Christian will learn that first that the key to happiness is not found in the world but in God. Thus, in order to find happiness as a Christian one must look to God and stay close to Him.
The hope of eternal life in Christ should keep the Christian happy.
20 that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them." Deu 30:20
Underline the phrases “love the Lord your God”; “obey His voice” & “cling to Him”
Highlight in green the phrase “He is your life and the length of your days”. This is a promise of God.
We find several commands in this verse.
First, we are to “love the Lord your God”. This is shown by our dedication and attitude towards God.
Second, to “obey His voice”, this is simple, those who love Him will obey Him.
Third, that you “cling to Him:, this is a sign of faithfulness and great love that causes the Christian to love Him.
Fourth and lastly, “He is our life and the length of our days”. That is to say He, and He alone is our only hope of life eternal.
NO matter how hard this life may seem, when it is over we (the faithful of God) will be with the Father. This is promised in scripture many times.
who "will render to each one according to his deeds": 7 eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality;
Highlight the phrase “eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good” in green. This is a promise of God.
Knowing that God cares about our troubles and concerns should make us happy.
28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Mat 11:28
This is another promise of God of rest for the faithful, which should bring us happiness also.
Highlight in green the phrase “I will give you rest”.
In order for us to find this happiness we must first come to Christ.
Underline the phrase “come to me”. Also note the cross reference 1 Peter 5:6-7.
Being saved by the Lord should bring happiness, and it will when our attitudes and our priorities are righteous.
29 Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord, The shield of your help And the sword of your majesty! Your enemies shall submit to you, And you shall tread down their high places." Deu 33:29
Underline the phrase “Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord,”
The Christian will do well when he or she realizes happiness is not found in the world.
Christ reminds us of such in Luke 12:15. When He reminds us there are more important aspects of life than just things.
15 And He said to them, " Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses." Luke 12:15
Highlight in yellow the phrase “take heed and beware of covetousness” this is something the Christian is being warned about.
Underline the phrase “one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”
The scripture reminds us time and time again that happiness is only found in God.
The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped…
Underline the phrase “My heart trusted in Him”. Trust in God will bring happiness.
Join us next time as we continue our study “How to be Happy”!