For most people, happiness in life is closely linked to what’s happening in life. When things are going well, they are doing well. When life is good, they feel happy—whether they are religious or not.
But life isn’t a continual good time. Hard times hit us all. And when that happens, most of us don’t feel happy—whether we are religious or not. Being religious doesn’t shield a person from sorrow.
Jesus knew we would face troubles that would weigh us down. That’s why He said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Though life won’t be free from trouble, Jesus says it can be full of peace. The peace He gives can stabilize and strengthen us, even when our hearts are heavy.
Jesus also spoke of happiness that’s out of this world. He promised those who believe in Him a place in heaven. “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms…I am going there to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:1-2).
The Bible tells us that in heaven “there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain” (Revelation 21:4). Now that’s a happy ending.
The post is a chapter in Rick Reed’s eBook, That’s a Good Question. This free eBook can be downloaded here.