We wish all our readers a Happy New Year although the prospects may not seem great with Covid19 still hanging around. Hopefully, the Lord will step in and turn things around. But Happy New Year is on the lips of most people as a genuine expression of hope.
This raises the question, what is true happiness? Most people want to be at ease, with comfort, peace and prosperity. But real happiness is being able to look back with no guilty fears, look around in the present without sinful discontent, and forward without anxious dread. Many people look for happiness in places where it cannot be found.
Happiness cannot be found in rank or greatness, riches or learning, idleness or pleasure. The world is replete with men and women who have all these things and yet are desperately unhappy. The great king Solomon declared, “Behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit” [Ecclesiastes 1:14].
There is only one way to true happiness, and the Psalmist points it out. “Happy is that people, whose God is the Lord” [Psalm 144:15]. The reason is obvious. The believer’s conscience is clear, his sins are forgiven, and he has peace with God. He is happy and peaceful despite afflictions, sicknesses, and public calamities like the present pandemic. The Christian is happy because the vacuum left in his heart by sin has been filled by the presence of Christ His Saviour.