I’ve learned a few things over the last few months of my life. 1. Commitment is scary. 2. Community is by far the best comedy on TV and 3. Happiness is a choice so choose wisely.
Job 5:8 – 18 “But if I were you, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause before him. 9 He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted. 10 He provides rain for the earth; he sends water on the countryside. 11 The lowly he sets on high, and those who mourn are lifted to safety. 12 He thwarts the plans of the crafty, so that their hands achieve no success. 13 He catches the wise in their craftiness, and the schemes of the wily are swept away. 14 Darkness comes upon them in the daytime; at noon they grope as in the night. 15 He saves the needy from the sword in their mouth; he saves them from the clutches of the powerful. 16 So the poor have hope, and injustice shuts its mouth. 17 Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. 18 For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal”.
Like I said, happiness is a choice. In that, we choose what makes us happy. A full bank account, cupboard full of food, job security are all things that usually to make people happy. But all of the aforementioned tend to fluctuate. If money is what makes you happy and you have an empty bank account, you will be miserable. If you rely on a full stomach to make you smile but have nothing to eat you will be miserable. If having a job makes you feel safe and secure but you get fired you will probably be miserable. While it’s possible for these things to provide some sort of happiness, it is a superficial happiness. The first step towards true happiness is putting your faith in God.
If you put your faith in anything other then God you are going to live a “Stock Market Life”. Meaning, there will be lots of ups and downs. God, however, is like a line constantly trending upward. When you put your faith in God, it gives you the opportunity to be happy even when things go wrong. When money is tight God will take care of your finances. When you need to find a job God will find you a job. When you are hungry God will feed you. Yes, we have OUR part to play in all of those things but we can trust God to do his part. Like it says in Job 5:9 “He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.” And again in Job 5:15 , “He saves the needy from the sword in their mouth; he saves them from the clutches of the powerful.” We know we can trust God to provide because he is a provider of all things!
This blog was hard to spit out. All I really wanted to say was God will make you happy. We know he will! We just have to let him.