world is filled with so many unhappy people. Why? Has society
let them down? Is happiness an impossible goal? Has God failed
There's no question that society has failed to meet our
needs--it hasn't even given us believable answers to why we
are here and how to fulfil the true purpose of our existence.
After all, they try to tell us in school that there is no God
and that we evolved from some "primordial soup." I knew better
and so do you.
I was young, I longed to be truly loved and accepted. So I
searched for this from religion, family, friends, and
classmates. I was soon disappointed, so next I compromised my
values and conscience by joining in with all the juicers, drug
users, and the immoral for acceptance. I found out that I had
friends as long as I was providing the booze and laughs,
though all the while I was slowly destroying my mind and body.
of people wanted me to walk the "straight and narrow" but many
of them were so hypocritical that I didn't trust them. Running
after riches, success, immoral sex, fame, and rock and roll
kept me busy, but left me unsatisfied. They just acted like a
temporary anesthesia for the deep pain that lingered in my
empty, longing soul. Pleasure did not bring contentment.
I tried almost everything a young person could try, and came
up empty and lonely. I turned to a hypnotist for mind control
to escape reality by pretending that everything was ok. It did
not work; my conscience was still saying that something was
not right. Then I wanted drugs and alcohol to medicate myself
to forget the pain of being lonely, and the shame and guilt of
my sins. I was really bad in relationships and longed for true
intimacy, but found that being real was too painful for me.
False intimacies were so much easier and less painful, but
also never satisfied.
Dear reader, does any of this ring a
bell? If so, let me tell you clearly that there is an answer
to "Why can't I be happy?" Years ago I asked a Christian man
this question and the answer he gave me--the answer I'm going
to give you--came as a surprise. He took me to mankind's
"owner's manual"--the Bible, where it says that God "satisfies
the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness"
God, our Creator, has designed us and
knows our needs and problems. He has given each of us the
freedom to either love and obey Him or to turn away from Him.
Sadly, we all have chosen to sin, to rebel against His
commands, and the result is physical and spiritual death
2:17). Spiritual death ultimately
brings separation from God forever, away from the only source
of everlasting love. In order to have joy and peace, we must
be reconciled to God!
God has done His part: "God commendeth
His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ
died for us" (Romans
5:8). Jesus Christ suffered the
death penalty for you when He died on the cross in your place
and mine. He rose from the dead the third day, and is now
alive forever (1
He asks you to come to Him. "Come unto
me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give
you rest" (Matthew
11:28). God did not let you down.
He has cleared the way for you to come to Him. He offers you
love, acceptance, forgiveness, peace, and eternal, joyous life
I tried all the other ways; maybe you
have, too. But now it is time for you to fulfil your purpose
and begin a loving, eternal relationship with God by seeing
your need of Jesus and trusting Him to forgive all of your
sins. When you do this, you will be spiritually "born again,"
and begin to experience "life more abundantly" (John 3; 10:10;
15:11). For the first time, you will also be equipped for true
happiness and satisfaction, which come from knowing and
following God--from aligning your will with His (Psalm
"For whosoever shall call upon the name
of the Lord shall be saved" (Romans
10:13). The word call means
to appeal to Him. You do the calling and He will do the
saving. Eternal life is free, a gift from God through Jesus