True happiness is something that every human being of sound mind desires. We try all of methods but in most cases we end up in frustration and in a greater state of unhappiness. When Adam and Eve were with God, they were enjoying true happiness and rest. According to the creator’s principle of creation, fish can only have true happiness in water. Birds can only have true happiness as they fly in the air. To have true happiness, every creature must remain in the place it was created to be.
Man was in true happiness with God since he was created to be with God. Eden life was full of true happiness, true peace, and true rest (Genesis1:27-28). The state of true happiness was lost the moment mankind was deceived by the Devil, disobeyed God by eating the forbidden fruit. Mankind immediately got separated from God, became a sinner and fell in the control of Satan.
The Spiritual State of Those Without True Happiness
True happiness was lost after the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. Since then, man became Spiritually dead and empty. The Devil began oppressing all mankind with formlessness, emptiness and darkness which he had caused in the world even before man had been created (Genesis 1:2).
Humanistic efforts To Restore True Happiness
True happiness can never be attained through human means. But since human beings are Spiritual beings, they have tried all sorts of methods to cover the void in them and quench the deep thirsty in them. Lack of true happiness come about as a result of man being separated from God.
Just as for an infant who should be sacking the breast of its mother, once separated from the mother will sack any thing that comes its way. Those separated from God will try thing as follows: (1). Religion (2). Good works (3). Philosophy and the likes.
Religion, is humanistic efforts for man trying to meet God. The opposite of religion is the Gospel. The Gospel is about God coming to man. Religion is first seen in the Garden of Eden after the fall of man. They hide themselves in the Garden and began sawing fig leaves. They were trying to please God. Their efforts could however bear no fruits. God in his gracious love come to them and covered them with garments of skin. The skin garments signified blood. The Bible says that without the shedding of blood. There is no forgiveness of sin.
Concerning Good works, True happiness can never be attained by mare human works. Human beings who are separated from God can never have true happiness through their good works. Being spiritually dead, ones works are considered as filthy rags Isaiah 64:6.
Through worldly philosophy and science some scholars think that they can meet God and restore true happiness but it can never be possible that way. Philosophy is hallow and deceptive (Colossians 2:8). Other humanistic attempts to get true happiness include: dancing, gambling, loose living and the likes. Through the above mentioned efforts. Human being get temporal pleasures but greater problems follow. Worldly pleasures bring about greater emptiness and a more severe problem of lack of true happiness.
The way to restore and maintain true Happiness
True happiness can only be restored through Christ for He is the only Spiritual solution. The Title Christ, means the anointed one of God. The Bible narrates that, to restore true happiness in the life of man kind, the Lord ordered that three kinds of people to be anointed. These were prophets, priests and kings. In the Old Testament the role of Prophets was to show people the way to meet God. The role of priests was to offer blood sacrifices to cover the sins of people. The role of Kings was to destroy another kingdom subdue it and n to rule.
Christ as the true prophet declared in John 14:6,”I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me.” Being the true prophet, Christ restored true happiness by becoming the only way to meet God. As the true priest, Christ restored true happiness in man by offering all his blood on the cross to pay the ransom for our sins and all curses that came as a result of sin (Mark 10:45). Christ as the true King of kings, restored true happiness by crushing the Devil who is the prince of the air. He set mankind free from the dominion of sin and Satan.
Accepting Christ in your heart is the only way to restore the original and true happiness in mankind. This can be done by praying deeply in your heart to accept Christ. Not any body can accept Christ but only those chosen by God and appointed for eternal life (Ephesians1:4, Acts 13:48). We are saved by grace through faith. This faith is not from us. It is a gift of God (Ephesians 2:8-9). If you find Jesus believable then realize that it is the work of the Holly Spirit upon your life because you are his chosen child and he wants to save you. May you say the prayer below whole heartedly to sincerely accept Christ in your heart.
Lord Jesus, I am a sinner and without true happiness. Until now, I have lived separated from God, a sinner and in the hands of the Devil. I open the door of my heart and accept you. Come into my heart and save me. Be the Lord of my life. Guide all my life by the Holly Spirit. Thank you for saving me and restoring in me true happiness. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray Amen.
This is the start of true happiness. To maintain true happiness, continue to be established in the gospel and in prayer. The Gospel is the power of God for every one who believes (Romans1:16-17). May you deeply meditate upon the gospel each day until you experience True happiness and confess like David, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want (Psalms23:1). David really had true happiness.
May the Almighty Lord work so graciously in your that you will restore and maintain true happiness.