This evening I ran a simple search, “how to be happy” on Amazon.com and, to my amazement, there were 191,393 hits with books on this subject alone, and that’s just one website. The Word says there is a way that seems right to man, but the end thereof is destruction. Culture seems to be influencing the church in this regard as there are more messages now than ever before on how to be happy, how to live your best life now.
According to the United States Declaration of Independence, “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” is a well-known phrase, which gives three examples of the “unalienable rights” the Declaration says has been given to all human beings by their Creator, and for which governments are created to protect. What is happiness? Happiness depends on what is happening in one’s external environment, thus the reason it is always fleeting. Moreover, while we have a right to pursue happiness, many do so by means that are not right. But, what is right? According to culture, “right is relative. Relativism is destroying the very fabric of society. Relativism is the theory that truth and moral values are not absolute but relative. Meaning no one is wrong and everyone is right in his own mind. However, what I find interesting is this: the word “theory” by definition means, an idea of or belief about something arrived at or formed by speculation (an opinion based upon incomplete information or facts). This “theory” of relativism has been presented as absolute, meaning complete, perfect or lacking limitations based upon something that is incomplete and lacking. What irony! To that end, it appears as though the pursuit of individual happiness — at whatever cost — is on the rise, with individuals being comfortable with the means by which they obtain what they want, because in the end, what’s wrong for you may be right for them; getting what you want by any means necessary.
In Judges 21:25 it says, “In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.” Are we repeating the same error? One day, we will all stand before the Righteous Judge and give an account of our lives. We all have a conscience and instinctively we know right from wrong. Instinct is those feelings or desires that come to us neither through learning or even having to think, it is that inherent KNOWING given us by our Creator. Truth and moral values are not relative.
It is written, be holy because the I AM is holy. We are commanded to pursue peace with all men AND pursue holiness without which no one shall see the Lord. Yes, there exists a plethora of books offering the key to happiness, but in reading The Book I believe I may have found the answer is as simple as this: surrender your life to God and He returns it back to you only it is healed, it is new, it is abundant. Pursue Holiness and in doing so you will see that Holiness produces happiness. Happy is that people whose God is the Lord! May that right to pursue be forever protected!
Belinda Powell, copyright July 2014