That people expend a great deal of energy in the quest for happiness should come as no surprise. After all, the Declaration of Independence states: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
I think it is important to note that while a person may pursue happiness, the founding fathers did not guarantee it; and, the right to pursue it has been endowed by our Creator.
Some people have wasted their life in pursuit of that which can be fleeting and once attained is found to be of little substance. Harvey Weinstein is a case in point; his life has been an endless pursuit of sexual gratification at the expense of those he has abused. Weinstein may have not realized it yet, but the flesh has an insatiable desire for more.
A person might find momentary happiness in the things of this world; however, gladness is the fruit of a fulfilling relationship. In the Old Testament Nehemiah spoke of this when he said, the joy of the Lord is your strength.
Gladness is not found in some sleazy get-rich-quick scheme, nor is it some cheap gimmick; it comes from a relationship of the heart. The love of God for man and man’s love for the Christ who died for him. Jesus said He came so we could have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10).
Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; and let those who love Your salvation say continually, “Let God be magnified!”