Happiness Where ?
Napoleon Bonaparte was one of this world’s most powerful military
leaders. Yet in his last days he confessed sadly: “There is not a man who
would lay down his life for me.” His great renown and magnificence as a
general dwindled to nothing.
Jay Gould was a multi-millionaire railroad tycoon. Yet on his deathbed he
summed up his life this way: “I suppose I am the most miserable devil on
earth.” Money brings no happiness to a dying man. You can buy almost anything
with money except happiness - here or in eternity.
Lord Byron, the famous English poet, lived for pleasure. Yet he described the end of his life as being filled with nothing but guilt, disease and grief. The pleasures of sin do not satisfy. Sorrow inevitably comes at the end of a life wasted in pursuit of pleasure.
A well-known politician, who enjoyed more than his share of fame, wrote:
“Youth is a mistake, manhood a struggle, old age a regret.” The deceptive
bubble of fame had burst! Anyone who describes his life as “a mistake,” “a
struggle” and “a regret” has not found happiness.
Voltaire was an outspoken philosopher who scorned Christianity. Near the end of his life, he wrote: “I wish I had never been born.” He discovered that unbelief does not produce happiness. It takes away and gives nothing in return. Instead of the love of God, the unbeliever is left with nothing but uncertain theories, a hopeless deathbed and the judgement of God.
Where Is Happiness?
These famous men confirm what Solomon, said about man’s futile search
for happiness: “All is vanity and
vexation of spirit” (Ecclesiastes 2:17).
Where, then, is happiness found? In Christ alone! The Bible says that
“the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing” (Romans
15:13). All have sinned, and need to be forgiven. Until your sins are washed
away you will never be happy. And this cleansing comes only through the shed
blood of Christ (1 John 1:7).
Trusting Christ as his Saviour D.L. Moody proclaimed the gospel on both
sides of the Atlantic. Dying he said “Is this dying? Why, this is bliss. There
is no valley. Earth is receding: Heaven opening: God is calling, I must go”.
Jesus Christ alone can give you true happiness day by day.
The Bible says if you trust in Jesus as your Saviour, you will be able to “ rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory” (1 Peter 1:8). Where can real happiness be found? Only in Jesus. Won’t you come to Him today?