DayBreaks for 08/15/19: Where Happiness Is
From the DayBreaks archive, July 2019:
Where in life can we find fulfillment and joy and happiness? Solomon tried many things, as have others throughout time. Whereas Hebrews chapter 11 gives us a roll call of the heroes of the faith, let me give you a different kind of roll call today that reflects the results obtained by others when they sought happiness:
It is not found in unbelief: Voltaire was an infidel of the strongest sort. He wrote: “I wish I had never been born.”
It is not found in money: Jay Gould, an American millionaire, had plenty of money and the things it could buy. He, when dying, said: “I suppose I am the most miserable devil on earth.”
It is not found in position, fame or power: Lord Beaconsfield had plenty of those things, but wrote: “Youth is a mistake, manhood a struggle, old age a secret.”
It is not found in loose living and infidelity: Thomas Payne, in his last moments of life, cried out: “O Lord, help me! God, help me! Jesus Christ, help me!” Colonel Charteris said: “I would gladly give 30,000 pounds to have it proved to my satisfaction that there is no such place as hell.”
It is not found in pleasure: Lord Byron, who reveled in pleasure throughout his life, wrote on his last birthday: “My days are in the yellow leaf, The flowers and fruits of life are gone, The worm, the canker, and the grief, Are mine alone.”
It is not found in raw power: The name of Napoleon the Great, truly represents a life lived about power. As a lonely prisoner at St. Helena, he summarized his life this way: “Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and myself founded empires. But on what did we found them? On force! Jesus Christ alone founded His on love, and today there are millions who would die for him!”
So where is happiness to be found? Listen to Jesus: I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice and your joy no man will take from you. (Jn. 16:22) The answer is simple: in seeing Christ come as our friend and redeemer and not as our vengeful judge!
PRAYER: Lord, hasten the day when the faith shall be sight and we shall turn our eyes toward the heavens and with great joy see Jesus coming again! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright by 2019 by Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>