“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end.” – Lamentations 3:22

If you ask the average person if they wanted to be happy, they would look at you like this is a trick question.  Who wouldn’t want to be happy? In fact, if you were to make a list right now of all the things you want in your life, chances are the vast majority of things that make the list are the things that make you happy, or at least you think they will make you happy.

You may think if you have a bigger house, more money, a better car, a different job or a better boss you’d be happy. Many of those things are based on another person or on some kind of outward circumstance over which you have no control. It reminds me of the scenes from a movie where some guy is out in the desert. He’s so thirsty his mind is playing tricks on him. He thinks he sees a pool of water up ahead. It looks very real to him. He staggers toward the water. But when he reaches the water’s edge, he discovers the pool of water is just more desert. It was just a mirage—something that appeared to be something that is not really there. 

Many of us have been that poor guy in the desert seeking happiness by chasing after things that convince us that happiness was just around the corner. All we need is something that we can’t find in other people or in other circumstances. Unfortunately, those things are often a mirage.

The truth is, God wants you to enjoy your life every day. Take a look at John 10:10 (AMP). It says, “The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).” This scripture clearly tells us that God doesn’t just want us to live our life in a desert. He wants us to live with abundant joy.

I would encourage you to not wait on when, or wait on someday. So many people have the mindset that they will be really happy and enjoy life when…they go on vacation, when the kids are older, when they get higher on the ladder of success at work, when they get married…whatever we hope for in the future. We can all relate to waiting for a when in our lives.   

Make a decision today to connect to God. Remember that God loves you always. He knows everything about you and loves you anyway. We all have things about us and in our lives that need to change, but they will really only change when we’re abiding in Christ, living with the joy of the Lord.

As you go about your day today, make this your goal: Set the Lord continually before you and He will give you strength to face any problems you have to deal with, and you’ll enjoy your life while you’re doing it.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Have you ever wondered why you did not let yourself be happier?
  2. What is the secret to finding happiness in your mind?
  3. Can we enjoy our lives more? Why or why not?
  4. Pray and ask God to help you set the Lord continually before you.