Vs. 4 – This is a contrast of the happy life. A happy person rooted in God will be healthy, fruitful and prosperous but the person who seeks happiness in anything other than God will experience a fleeting happiness. It is a type of happiness that may bring happiness for season but when the storms of life pick up so goes their happiness. This is the person who has no faith in God and thinks he is happy. The fact remains this persons happiness is grounded in things that will flee or will disappoint. There will always be better jobs, bigger houses, newer cars, more money to be made, more stuff to buy etc. and when one of these fails you or stops bringing happiness to you, then the world can seem bleak or depressing, so you either wallow in misery or go out and find something else to bring a temporary joy which will eventually let you down.
We have happiness in God through Jesus Christ. We know true happiness and we know true joy. May we all completely understand today that apart from God the worldly mindset essentially has nothing to offer us in regards to happiness. Apart from God your marriage, your family, your relationships, the materials things of the world can’t bring happiness. The source of joy and happiness can only be found in God through Jesus Christ.
Jeff has been in full-time ministry for thirty years. He currently serves as Executive Director at Anchor House Ministry at SeaPort Manatee in Palmetto, FL and he is a part-time Campus Pastor at West Bradenton Southside in Bradenton, Florida.
Jeff Has authored A Lent Devotional (A Spiritual Journey to Lent) an Advent Devotional (The Advent of Jesus) and a devotional on the book of James (James: Where Faith and Life Meet). All three are available on Amazon.
He is married to Carrie and they have four children, Micaiah, Gabe, Simon, and Berea.
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