The compass of our life is happiness. At our core we are pleasure seekers. It is a longing deep within every soul, and throughout every generation. It is the force pulling and pushing us to live the way we live, and there are no exceptions to this. It is a powerful reality for every human being. We are designed for delight.
The hunger pains of joy lead us down different paths seeking the satisfaction of our hearts. A seemingly endless buffet of options lies before us: money, sex, food, entertainment, comfort, sports, alcohol, attention, success, technology, etc. We find, however, that none of these pursuits quench our thirst.
So now what? Are we to settle for a life of dissatisfaction? Are we to accept the mundane as the end of our existence? Is this some cruel joke by God to create us with perpetually starving soul? Or are we missing something?
There is a document that is called the Westminster Shorter Catechism. It was drafted in 1646 and the first question in this document is, “What is the chief end of man?” In order to answer this question the drafters of the document poured over the Scriptures, and in doing so concluded the Bible pointed to one singular reality, that mans’ chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.
This is interesting. It is undeniable that we long for joy. It is also undeniable that we seem never to obtain it by seeking things in this world. What does this tell us? CS Lewis would say that this points to the reality that we are created for something out of this world, and Lewis is right.
The Bible is God’s revelation to us. Through His Word he enlightens our eyes to the ways we should go. His Word tells us that the purpose of our hearts is to yearn for Him. Understanding this truth unlocks the mystery of happiness. It is like finding a treasure that makes everything look like garbage in comparison.
It is sad to watch a world pursuing empty pleasures. I believe Christ said it best in Revelation 3:17 , “For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.”
I pray that today you would choose to give your heart what it desperately longs for, the Glory of God.