Sep 22, 2019
A lot of people have an “APPETITE” for CERTAIN THINGS, thinking it would bring happiness. When happiness is sought as an END in itself, it becomes ELUSIVE.
I recall the news several years back when the famous actress Elizabeth Taylor married for the 8th time which is really a testimony of MARITAL LONELINESS.
QUESTION: Why is happiness elusive for those who seek it?
ANSWER: Because nowhere is it stated in the Bible that we should SEEK HAPPINESS! Rather, we ﬁnd that the scriptures state:
Mt 6: 33“But seek ﬁrst His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
The Beatitudes puts it this way, “Happy is the man who HUNGERS and THIRSTS for RIGHTEOUSNESS.” It is when you have a “HEAVENLY APPETITE” and eat your “HEAVENLY DIET” of righteousness that you become HAPPY.
Happiness therefore is a RESULT of seeking RIGHTEOUSNESS! Without righteousness, there can be NO HAPPINESS!
I. THE HAPPINESS OF THOSE WHO HAVE A HEAVENLY DIET
a.Characteristics of hunger and thirst
1. It represents the NECESSITIES of PHYSICAL LIFE.
2. Creates a desire to be satisfied.
3. Becomes a driving pursuit
4. Becomes a passionate force.
5. Single hearted
6. Seeking God’s will
II.THE REWARD of being HUNGRY AND THIRSTY
D.M. Lloyd Jones said: “All the trouble in the world today is due to the fact that man is not right with God, for it is because he is not right with God that he has gone wrong everywhere else.”
Righteousness will make you HAPPY NOW and GOD will make you EVEN HAPPIER in the next life.