“The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” Benjamin Franklin
Pharrell Williams recently recorded a song called “Happy” that has gone to the top of the charts here in America. The title and message of the song is great marketing because the idea of being happy clearly appeals to people of all ages. People throughout history have searched and sought for the key to being happy.
People have searched for fame, money, success, relationships, and so much more. When I was serving as a Singles’ Minister at my church, I remember the number of people who would tell me that if they could just find someone to marry then they knew they would be happy. Not to be a wet blanket, but I would tell them finding happiness in that way will only make two people miserable. Instead, my advice to them was to first find peace, contentment, joy, significance, and happiness for yourself in a relationship with Jesus Christ. Only then, will you truly be content.
I love the “be attitudes” in Matthew chapter 5 where Jesus gives us some counter-cultural advice for how to live this life. The attitudes He describes in this chapter are not attitudes that you see regularly in our culture but they are attitudes that I believe will bring peace, joy, contentment, significance, and even happiness to our lives.
One of those attitudes in verse 8 of that chapter really speaks to this issue. That verse says: “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” The word blessed in this verse and the other be attitude verses literally means “happy.” What does it mean when it says “happy are the pure in heart; for they shall see God?”
I am convinced that this verse is telling us that when we commit our lives and our hearts completely to God we will sense the peace, the joy, the contentment, the significance, and the happiness that only God can give and only God can sustain. When we live with an undivided heart towards God, we will be able to live with the assurance that whatever we face in this life is only temporary and that God has secured for us our eternity.
I pray that all of us will give hearts lavishly to the Lord Jesus so that we can experience the truth of Matthew 5:8.