“And Samuel said to all the house of Israel ‘if you are returning to the LORD with all your heart,...
“Then Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, and say, ‘May the Lord give you children by this woman for the petition she asked of the Lord.’ So then they would return to their home.” -1 Samuel 2:20
French Philosopher and Mathematician Blaise Pascal once wrote: “All men seek happiness. This is without exception… This is the motive of every action of every man, even of those who hang themselves.” Wanting to be happy is part of what it means to be human. When we’re not happy, we want to be. The issue isn’t whether we want to be happy—we all do! The real issue is how we try to get this happiness.
Hannah discovered that holiness and happiness are not mutually exclusive. In fact, they’re intricately related. As she remained faithful,
she experienced God’s blessing on her life.
When people say they want money, fame, or power, what do they really want? Happiness! They’re pursuing those things to be happy. Ironically, the problem with pursuing this type of happiness is that it can work. At least, for a little while. That sort of happiness is fleeting. It starts big, but then shrinks over time.
Real happiness often does just the opposite: it starts small, but then grows over time. It grows as we continue to demonstrate faithfulness, and seek to do the right thing. It’s a process and a pursuit. When we try to take a shortcut to happiness, we only end up frustrated.
Truth is, we can enjoy the pleasure of sin or the pleasure of God—not both.
Teach me how true happiness is always found in You and Your plan for me. Show me how to put myself in position to receive Your blessings. Amen.
For Further Reading