Are you happy and content? Most Christians, if they were honest, many Christians would admit that their happiness is very conditional. As for being content, well, it's sad but enough just isn't enough in this material and device driven society in which we live.

Sadly, circumstances control most people’s happiness and contentment. But that’s just it;  True happiness and contentment don’t come from circumstances.

The Scripture says,

I will bless the Lord at all times.

Psalm 34:1

It says “all times.” That means you can rejoice when circumstances are good and when they aren’t. You can look at people who appear to have the ideal circumstances—politicians, movie stars, athletes, etc. They have plenty of money, fame, recognition, and even the praises of some people. Many idolize them. Yet while they’re in possession of everything in the natural, many of them are miserable. 

They aren’t happy people. I’m telling you, happiness is not dependent upon circumstances. It is a state of mind and heart, not a state of being. The Apostle Paul understood this. Some people have never thought of him as a happy person, because of all the terrible circumstances he endured, but he was. He knew the secrets to happiness.

Paul wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to “rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice” (Phil. 4:4). This is such a radical concept, and I believe it’s the reason he repeated it. He didn’t want anyone to think this was a mistake. Rejoicing is a command.

The whole world needs to hear this. People are doing everything within their power to be happy, but it’s still elusive to most. We have more suicide and drug usage than ever before because people aren’t happy. True joy can only be found in the Lord (Ps. 16:11).

Paul said he had learned to be content (Phil. 4:11). You can too.


Published by Moral Diplomat