“To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” Ecclesiastes 2:26 NIV
Read: Ecclesiastes 2:17-26
A television news anchor once quipped; “The only thing I have ever succeeded at was failing!” With that once sentence, we saw for a brief moment the sad disappointment he saw in himself. Being Known by hundreds of thousands, maybe millions did not bring him happiness. Making over a third of a million dollars a year did not make him happy. The trust viewers placed in him did not make him happy.
We might just say; ‘you just can’t make some people happy’. In truth, you can’t make anyone happy. At the same time, no one else can make you happy. World success of fame or wealth will not make you happy. They may brighten your mood for a short time, but the false happiness will fade.
So, what makes you happy? In scripture, we find happiness comes from GOD. That should not surprise us. Everything comes from GOD. Abraham’s success came from GOD. Joseph was successful in Egypt because he was faithful to GOD. David’s success was delivered by GOD.
Are you working 12 hour days to earn more money so you will be happy? Are you working to be a success while your marriage is failing? Are you making more money to buy your kids the latest devices and clothes, yet they are respecting you less as a parent? Did you buy the newest car or truck and found you are still driving in the same old rut? Is success ruining your happiness?
Turn it all over to JESUS. Get rid of the rat race. Find comfort in the time you spend reading GOD’S WORD everyday. Find success in taking an early evening walk with your spouse. Find success in listening to your kids’ screams of excitement while you play a board game with them. Find success in helping serve your church as a leader or teacher. Find success in a quiet prayer with your LORD.
Today’s prayer: “JESUS MY LORD, Thank you for your patience with me as I struggle in this life. Help me to spend more time with you learning to succeed as you would have me do. Amen.”