True happiness isn’t dependent on circumstances… it’s dependent on God.
How To Be Happy
Everyone longs for happiness, but few possess it. Happiness isn’t a state of being; it’s a state of mind. A person can be happy when everyone and everything around them is in turmoil. They can be content no matter what their financial or physical conditions might be. So, how do we acquire happiness?
First, we need to deal with what’s on the inside. Most people take a different approach; they want to deal with the outside. They pray for their problems to be solved and that only good things and good people will come their way. Guess what? That ain’t going to happen!
As long as we are in this world, we will have problems John 16:33. And if we are living for God, we will have persecutions 2 Tim. 3:12. If you never bump into the devil, it’s because you’re going in the same direction. When you turn around and start swimming upstream, you will always encounter resistance. People and circumstances might start working against you. You can’t always control what goes on outside, but you can control what goes on inside when faced with that resistance. When you understand that, you will have discovered one of the greatest keys to happiness. In addition, you will be on your way to eliminating grief in your life. You see, it’s not your problems that are the problem; it’s the way you see your problems and the value you place on them that makes them a problem.
Romans 8:18 says, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Our future is so bright, we have to squint to look at it. All the sufferings of this life are short and insignificant compared to eternity and all the pleasures the Lord has in store for us. True happiness and contentment isn’t dependent upon circumstances– it lies in Jesus and our future with Him.