Summary: The universal quest for satisfaction has a universal answer and His name is Jesus.
The Key to Happiness
Intro: The search for happiness.
Psalm 119:2: Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
M.O.S.: Find happiness by knowing and serving Jesus.(read and pray)
I. Be Satisfied by keeping God’s testimonies
a. God as creator knows what’s best
i. God created the order of this world
“Bees are attracted to the Coryanthes or, Bucket Orchid. The surface of the orchid is slimy. The bee slips and falls into the ‘bucket’. Because of the angle and slipperiness of the interior walls, the bee is forced to exit through the narrow ‘escape tunnel’, conveniently aided by a step and hairs suitably placed near the surface. As it does so, the plant squeezes around the bee and pollen sacs are glued to its back. When the glue dries the orchid releases the bee. The bee then visits another flower, and the process is repeated, except this time the flower has a mechanism for removing the pollen from its back, completing fertilization.”
1. Lightning changes the gas nitrogen into the nitrates that are essential for the survival of plants. – gravity – thermodynamics
2. Law of reaping and sowing (moral law)
b. God has given us independent minds, and, our minds can discover the holiness and truth of God’s laws
i. Sometimes, like the prodigal son, we learn that God is right the hard way
1. Sin starts sweet and ends bitter
ii. We can realize that it’s not just because God says that something is bad that makes it bad. God says that something is bad because it is bad.
Oppressed by the noonday heat, a tired farmer sat under a walnut tree to rest. Relaxing, he looked at his pumpkin vines and said to himself, "How strange it is that God puts such big heavy pumpkins on a frail vine that has so little strength it has to trail on the ground!" And then looking up into the cool branches of the tree above him, he added, "How strange it is that God puts small walnuts on such a big tree with branches so strong they could hold a man!" Just then a breeze dislodged a walnut from the tree. The tired farmer wondered no more, as he rubbed his head ruefully and said, "It is a good thing there wasn’t a pumpkin up there instead of a walnut."
c. God as the source of love governs best
i. God gets more glory because His government produces happy servants.
ii. Jesus loves us more than any Earthly friend or parent
d. We must get the testimonies and keep them
i. By reading God’s word
1. God’s word has revealed what will make us most happy in this life
ii. We must let those testimonies affect our behavior
1. Don’t be a “forgetful hearer”
II. Beware of the Sorrow of not keeping God’s testimonies
a. Our own ways lead to sorrow
i. Pro 14:14 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.
ii. 1 in 3 Americans have seriously considered suicide; most more than once
iii. The man who will spend the rest of his life in prison for drunken vehicular homicide
b. Our own ways lead to pain
i. Child abuse
iii. Adultery (almost 1 in 3)