Are you happy?

I read the following quote this week in an article.

…happy is a word to describe a feeling… The problem with the feeling of happy is that it’s unsustainable. There are moments and seasons of feeling happy, but it is not an attainable state of being. From a Christian standpoint, nowhere in the Bible are followers of God and Christ told that happiness is a result of faith. We are promised persecution, suffering, and sanctification, but not happiness. Happiness is a symbol of mainstream culture and is often an idol.

Wow, there’s a lot there! I think it’s right on! We often use happiness as a reason for making changes in our lives (relationships, career, lifestyle, housing, etc.). As if getting the right fit in one of these areas will bring about lasting happiness. But it doesn’t work that way. Happiness is fleeting and chasing after it is futile. Perhaps this is why Paul could say in Philippians 4:12-13

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

Contentment is a sign of spiritual maturity. Contentment requires us to look beyond our circumstances to something greater. Contentment requires us to believe that God is enough no matter what comes our way. Contentment is a sustainable state of being. May you find lasting joy in God!