Man’s Quest for Happiness (Part 2)
In the part 1 of this blog series, I shared four points about man and his quest for happiness. I have pointed out that true and lasting happiness can only be found in God.
Blaise Pascal writes:
There once was in man a true happiness of which now remain to him only the mark and empty trace, which he in vain tries to fill from all his surroundings, seeking from things absent the help he does not obtain in things present. But these are all inadequate, because the infinite abyss can only be filled by an infinite and immutable object, that is to say, only by God Himself.1
Only God can fill that abyss. Only He can make us truly happy. But what are the reasons why He alone can make us truly happy? We turn to the Bible for the answers. Psalm 16:11 says:
11You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
We may deny ourselves of earthly pleasures and still be fine. Why? Because any earthly pleasure denied will be compensated someday. When we finally come to God’s presence, there will be fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore.
Let’s now turn to Matthew 13:44:
44“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
God is worth forsaking the happiness we find on material things. He is far valuable than a nice house, or a brand new car, or the latest gadget. He is far valuable than money.
Let us now turn to John 4:13-14:
13Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.
It’s interesting to note that Jesus said these words to a woman who had five husbands, and the one the woman has was not her husband. The Samaritan woman obviously was seeking happiness from a husband. But it was to no avail.
Jesus is the living water. He alone can satisfy the deepest longings of the woman’s heart, as well as ours. He alone can make us truly happy.
Lastly, we turn to John 6:35:
35Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.
In contrast to the manna that the Jews’ fathers ate, Jesus—the bread of life—can make a man live forever (vv.48-51). Jesus alone can satisfy the most crucial need of every human—salvation. A redeemed soul is a truly happy one!
The Bible shows us (and I haven’t yet showed you exhaustively) the reasons why God alone can make us truly happy. I now summon you to meditate on these truths and find your happiness in God.
1Quoted in John Piper, Desiring God (Sisters, OR: Multnomah, 2003), 21.