One of the keys to true happiness is found in the book of Proverbs. Chapter 16, verse 20 says; “He who heeds the word wisely will find good, And whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he.” Psalm 34:8 states; “O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him.”
God promises that there are going to be times of testing, times of trouble, times of persecution, and times when we have problems in this life. But the secret to being happy is in learning to turn these problems totally over to God! This area
is one of the most difficult for many Christians. It seems many of us enjoy worrying and fretting over our problems. The way many of us as Christians live, one would get the idea that we like to stress and that we enjoy problems. The answer is almost too simple to be true. All we need to do is to turn these problems over to Jesus, and allow Him to handle them for us. You’ve heard the statement; “Why worry, when you can pray?” Let me point out that it is not just a statement. That is a true fact that many a Christian needs to learn and to apply to his life.
It is no wonder a lot of Christians live unhappy lives. They look at all their problems through their own eyes, instead of though God’s eyes. I’ve had terminal cancer, I’ve had many surgeries and operations, and was given only one week to live! I am not even supposed to be alive today, according to the doctors! My vocal chords are partially paralyzed, my growth has been stunted, and I could go on and on. So, I should just sit down, and fret and fume over these many problems that have come into my life. My life is totally ruined, I can never accomplish anything! Right?
Sorry, but that is dead wrong! Why should I worry about something that is in God’s hands? All I would be doing is worrying and making my life and the life of those around me totally miserable. God has promised over and over that if we only trust HIM, He will take care of us! He will meet our every need; He will go with us through the dark valleys! Happiness has no reasoning. It is not to be found in the facts of life, but in the color of light by which we look at those facts! Hundreds and thousands of Christians today live in misery and unhappiness, because they are too busy looking at their problems and circumstances to take time and allow the only one who can take care of those problems to do so. It is not what is around us, but what is in us; not what we have, but what we are that makes us truly happy!
By A. B. Simpson
How often we trust each other,
And only doubt our Lord.
We take the word of mortals,
And yet distrust His Word;
But, oh, what light and glory
Would shine o’er all our days,
If we always would remember
God means just what He says.
If you worry, you cannot trust. If you trust, you cannot worry.