Recently, I saw a television ad for a restaurant chain that made a dramatic claim. At those restaurants, the ad said you could “Help Yourself to Happiness.” Wouldn’t it be nice if a helping of potatoes or meat or pasta or dessert would be all that was needed to provide happiness? Unfortunately, no restaurant can fulfill that promise.
Happiness is an elusive thing – as we can see in almost every area of life. Our pursuit of happiness may involve food or a host of other things, but, in the end, happiness continues to escape our grasp.
Why? In large measure it’s because the things we tend to pursue do not touch the deepest needs of our hearts. Our pursuits may provide moments of enjoyment, distraction, or pleasure, but the cry of our hearts goes unheard – the cry for help and hope. That is why the psalmist points us to a better way when he says, “Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God“(Psalm 146:5).
Help yourself? Yes – if we are seeking the happiness found in the Lord. It is only when we entrust ourselves to God and His care that we can find happiness we seek. Our hope and help are found only in trusting Him. – Bill Crowder
Father, draw me to Yourself. Remind me that only in You will I know the real joy and satisfaction that my heart longs for. Help me to look beyond the surface things of life to what really matters.
The one who puts God first will have happiness that lasts.
- January 4, Vol. 21, Our Daily Bread