Do You Have True Happiness?

Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!
— Habakkuk 3:17-18

Talking about having a bad day!  Those verses describe some hard times.  Whatever we might acquire in life, the newness of it will diminish over time. Take a new car, for example. Don't you love the new-car smell? You look for excuses to drive it. You vow to never eat in your car. And then a month goes by and you're late for work. You must eat, and sure enough, you have your first spill inside your car. Some time passes, and you get that first little dent in the door. Then the paint chips a little. And after a while, that new car is not so exciting.

 We could take that example and apply it to everything in life. No matter how big, how cool, or how fast, whatever it is, everything loses its appeal after a period of time. So, if you think happiness comes from what you have, you will find that you are always going to want something else to take its place.

 But the Bible teaches that happiness, true happiness comes from who we know. Listen to the words of Habakkuk one more time: “Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!".

 Let me put that verse into modern times: Even when business is slow and there are no prospects in the immediate future, even when my investments have evaporated and the car won't start, I will rejoice in the Lord.

 Our joy and contentment in life do not come from what we have. It comes from who we know. If you find your joy bucket empty, it’s probably because it’s in the wrong bucket!  God Bless!