I Just Want to be Happy — 2019 Feb 17

Painting of Jesus with his hand lifted up talking to a crowd, the Sermon on the Mount.

Drawing of sunrise on the ocean with the words, "Blessed are those who mourn, God will comfort them."

Solomon’s Quest for the Meaning of Life   —This series.

Drawing of seeds from plants with the words, "Seek your happiness in the Lord, and he will give you your heart's desire."


Lord I just want to  be Happy

No matter what you’re going through today, believe me on this. I know from experience. You’re not alone. God is with you. And we are empowered to learn to trust God when life is disappointing, when it doesn’t go the way we had it planned or the way we want it. But that God will take a bad situation and turn it into good. And that He will help us be happy, place a smile upon our face and in our heart, even when things aren’t [happy]. “Yea, though I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death.” He is with us to comfort us.

3) We are enlightened to expect God to meet my needs, or our needs. We are not to expect our spouse or our boyfriend or our girlfriend or work or a hobby or a sport to meet all of our needs. If we expect somebody or something to meet all of our needs, we are going to be disappointed. God said, “Expect Me to meet all of your needs. Trust Me.” In verse 5, “Happy are those who claim nothing, for the whole earth belongs to them.” Jesus is saying, “Instead of trying to grab all you can get in this life, or worrying if I’m going to get enough, or going to get my share, relax. God will take care of our needs.  The whole world belongs to Him. He has the whole world in his hands—including you and me.

Drawing of a boy and a girl with the words, "Happy are those who claim nothing for the whole earth belongs to them."

4) We are empowered to follow God’s instructions. (verse 5) “Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires. God will satisfy them fully.” Jesus is saying, when we lean on Him, trust Him, know Him, He will bring satisfaction and contentment and peace and happiness into our lives. You see, our God wants us to enjoy life. Did you know that? The young preacher, Timothy says, “God has richly given us all things for our enjoyment.” God wants us to live, not to just exist.

So God gave us the 10 commandments for our benefit. When we know them, when we know them and follow them, we will benefit from them. When we ignore them, we get hurt. You see, every rule, every command in the Bible, He just didn’t throw them in willy-nilly. He put them in there for our benefit.” . . .—Pastor Ken

2019 Feb 17, —part 2, of the series “Solomon’s Quest for the Meaning of Life”

Based upon Ecclesiastes 6:6 

Portrait of Kenneth L. Williamson wearing glasses, a gray jacket over a white shirt with pastor's collar.
Rev. Kenneth L. Williamson

Painting of Jesus with his hand raised talking with the words, "Sermon on the Mount."

About this series:

Solomon’s Quest for the Meaning of Life

This series is about Solomon’s quest for the meaning of life. King Solomon, who wrote Ecclesiastes, was a seeker on a quest for the meaning and purpose of life.  —Pastor Ken

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