We see in the Bible that happiness is always connected to holiness. We also find that happiness is not something that should be sought outright; rather, it’s a result of seeking something else. And that something else is holiness.
Although the Declaration of Independence refers to “the pursuit of Happiness” as one of our “unalienable Rights,” pursuing happiness in and of itself is generally a futile search. As philosopher Eric Hoffer said, “The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.”
Many people today who are searching for happiness never will quite have it. There are people with a lot of accomplishments, a lot of fame and a lot of money who live miserable, empty lives. They’re searching for something but in the wrong way.
Happiness is a byproduct of holiness. When you get your life in order, happiness soon will follow.
That is why unbelievers can never know true happiness. They will go after the world’s cheap counterfeits, which are shallow. The world’s concept of happiness depends on good things happening.
The Bible tells us how to find and maintain holiness, and as a result, happiness, in our lives. And in Psalm 119 we have God’s original design.
First we’re told that if we want to be holy, then we are to walk in an undefiled way: “Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord. Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts. They do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in his paths” (verses 1–3 NLT).
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