Happiness is something that most people desire in this world. I am quite certain that there are not many people who would say that they wish to be unhappy. You hear people saying things like “All I want for my children is for them to be happy,” or “I think I deserve to have a little happiness in life…” Yet, so often people desire happiness but wish to have it without any effort. They simply do not understand where happiness comes from, or how to attain it.
In an article entitled The Pursuit of Happiness, the author, Daniel Offer wrote, “Happiness is comfort, contentment, and pleasure.” He went on to state, “The most important place to look for happiness is within.” This is the typical response you will find in the world today. I am persuaded, however, if you are not happy, looking to your inner self will not be of any help. Happiness must never be an end in and of itself, for if it is, you will never find satisfaction. Rather, it is necessary to recognize that happiness is the fruit of holiness.
Among the many uses of the word which we translate “happy” or “blessed” are those which Jesus gives in the Sermon on the Mount. In Matthew 5 we read of those who are most happy. If I were to ask for someone to tell me the things that make them happy, they would probably list none of the things in Matthew 5, but our Lord Jesus does. Certainly He possesses wisdom beyond our comprehension. He lists for us eight things which identify those who are “blessed” or “happy.”