William C. Bitting grave site

The Only Way To Be Happy

Written by David H. Roper, Our Daily Bread, Copyright 2001 by RBC Ministries,
Grand Rapids, MI.  Used by permission.  Further distribution is not allowed       
without permission from RBC.                                                                                        

Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink."
                                                                                                                     - John 7:37

There is no lasting earthly satisfaction.  Marriage, family, money, fame, enlightenment, travel, athletics, academic achievement - nothing completes our joy.  Any satisfaction we gain in our quest fades quickly and becomes a vague memory, if it can be remembered at all.
     Oh, to be sure, there are happy events along the way, unexpected moments when we experience pure delight.  But those moments are fleeting, and we can never go back in time to relive them and recapture the sensation.
     Why then do we keep seeking for something to satisfy us?  Simply put, it's because we have to.  Whether we realize it or not, our souls are thirsting for God.  Every desire, every aspiration, every longing of our nature is nothing less than a yearning for God.  We were born for His love and we cannot live without it.  He is the happiness for which we have been searching all our lives.  Everything that we desire is found in Him - and infinitely more.
     And so, when you find yourself restless and thirsting for something more in life, respond to Jesus' invitation, "Come to Me and drink" (John 7:37).  Go to Him, drink freely of His grace and forgiveness, and experience true joy.

All that I want is in Jesus;
He satisfies with the joy He supplies;
Life would be worthless without Him,
All things in Jesus I find.  - Loes

 

HAPPINESS DEPENDS ON HAPPENINGS,
BUT JOY DEPENDS ON JESUS!

 


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Cross Headstone photograph by Eric Shindelbower.  Maple Hill Cemetery (Huntsville, Alabama), William C. Bitting grave site.

The Only Way To Be Happy, written by David H. Roper, Our Daily Bread, Copyright 2001 by RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI.  Used by permission.  Further distribution is not allowed without permission from RBC.     RBC Ministries - http://www.rbc.net/

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