Are you satisfied with your life? Are you happy where you are in life? Maybe you pretend to be. Maybe you smile and go through the motions, but deep down…you feel empty. You feel like something is missing. You’re sad because you see other people. You see other lives and other situations and think “I need that to be happy.” The truth is, you CAN be happy right where you are. No matter where you are in life, God can and will complete you. He can fill whatever it is you feel is missing. However, you have to ask Him to. You have to WANT Him to.
John 16:24 says, “ Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive,and your joy will be complete.”
We compare ourselves to others and what God is doing in their life. We start to see other people happy with the life they have. We think that if God blessed us with the things He blessed that person with, we would be happy. The truth is…we have to be happy with where we are right now. We need to stop comparing ourselves to others. It doesn’t matter what other people are doing, we are striving to be like Jesus. We have to learn to be happy because God is good, and He loves us. We need to learn to stop letting people and things of the world be our only source of happiness. We need to learn to let God bring us eternal joy instead of situations that life throws our way.
The main thing most people seek fulfillment in today are relationships. While they are a great thing, it cannot determine wether we are happy or not. You have to learn to be content being single before you can be content in a relationship. God is God when you are single, and He is God when you are in a relationship. We can’t depend on our significant other to make us happy. That is not biblical. While things in a relationship will make you happy (and they should), there are also low points in a relationship. You will fight, you will go through hard times together. Maybe you went through a hard breakup. It may hurt for the time being, but you have to remember that God has the best in mind for you. His plan will always trump ours. He has someone better for you. One day you will be able to look back and be thankful things happened the way they did. For now, you have to trust God and cling to the joy that He brings you. God is the only person we should depend on to make us happy. He is the only person that can bring us eternal happiness.
We seek fulfillment in many other things in life. Another thing we seek happiness with is money. We think that if we had a new car we would be happy. We think if we had a bigger house we would be happy. We think if we got a raise, we would be happier. The truth is, God can make us happy if we are broke and homeless. Our happiness shouldn’t depend on the situation we are in because Jesus gives us eternal joy. Whatever it is that you are seeking to fulfill the broken parts of your heart, stop. This includes relationships, money, jobs, material possessions, our appearance, sex, drugs, alcohol, ect. These things in life may bring us happiness for a moment, but they are only temporary.
John 4:13-14 reads, “Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
As Jesus told the woman at the well, the world can only bring us temporary happiness, but God offers us eternal happiness.
What we need to do, is be content without the vices of this world. God will fill our voids. We need to understand that we feel that way for a reason. That God created us to have weak spots so that we turn to Him. He can fill every void in your life. Whatever has left you heartbroken, God can fix it. He will pick up the broken pieces and make you whole again. Wether you are dealing with sickness, death, financial struggles, feelings of loneliness, depression, anxiety, fear, worry, the list goes on and on. Whatever it is that has left you broken and searching for more; seek God. Sometimes God brings us to a place of needing Him. Struggles are what bring us closer to God.
When this life brings us trouble and heartache, we are to turn to God. Notice I said WHEN, not if. It WILL happen. When it does happen we think, “Why do I have to go through this? God! Why don’t you love me? If you love me you would never let this happen!” Timeout. God sent HIS SON to die on the cross for OUR sins. Jesus was the only perfect human being to ever walk this earth. He was %100 God, and %100 man. He never sinned. He never did anything wrong. But guess what? He was beaten, mocked, ridiculed, tortured, and nailed to a cross for OUR sins. If Jesus had to suffer, and He was PERFECT…why do we think that we should be exempt from the struggles of life?
We live in a sinful and cursed world. 1 Peter 5:8, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” A lot of times we forget it is Satan and this cursed world that brings us heartache and trouble. We like to blame God for the bad things. We like to get mad and question God rather than trusting Him. God wants nothing but good for us, but sometimes He lets things break us to get our attention.
Whatever it is that has left you broken, and empty…turn to God. He will fulfill you. Stop searching for the things of this world to make you happy, because they won’t. You have to be content with God and God alone. When you have nothing to smile about, you still have God. This rough patch is only a season in your life. It will pass. Until then, cling to God and know that He is good. Psalm 23:2-4 says “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
Did you know that green pastures and still waters are only found in a valley? God leads us in the valley. Sometimes he makes us lie down, and stay in the valley for a while…but if our eyes are fixed on Him we will be comforted. We will walk through the darkest valley, and we will fear no evil. God is with us not against us. This hard time is only a season in life, and He will help you find peace in the valley. Then He will lead you out to the mountaintops. You have to go through a valley to get to a mountain.
Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Cling to Him while you’re in the valley and He will give you peace. He will soon lead you out of the valley you are currently in. Keep your eyes fixed on Him.
Pray with me.
-God please forgive me for trying to find happiness on my own. I know that you are the fountain of living water and only you can fulfill me. You will bring me peace when I am going through hard times in life. You will lead me and bring me out of my troubles. Help me to trust You in the bad times and help me to seek you in the good times. Please fill me with Your love and Your grace, and help me to shine Your light to others even when I am in a valley of my own. In your name I pray, Amen.-