Thursday, March 9, 2017
Posted by: Amanda Wiedenfeld
By Rev. Rick B. Webb, D.Min., Chaplain, Buckner Westminster Place
Now that is a happy dog! I could not resist that picture because that is sheer, unadulterated happy. I have a simple goal for you - To live and share “happy.”
Happy, at least in this sense, is not just an emotional event. The common definition of happy is too circumstantial, too unpredictable and therefore, not very happy. A.W. Tozer has a good suggestion for a type of “happy” that is substantial and trustworthy.
“The true Christian ideal is not to be happy but to be holy. No man should desire to be happy who is not at the same time holy. He should spend his efforts in seeking to know and do the will of God, leaving to Christ the matter of how happy he shall be.”
That is very biblical idea for if you find holiness then you will find happiness. Now let us be clear on what Tozer taught. He taught that we should seek holiness and let Jesus take care of the happiness. Oh and by the way, “holiness” can point either to sinless perfection or being set aside for God’s purposes. I will not claim the former except "positionally” in Christ. (My wife would certainly write and demand an editorial correction in any other claim of perfection on my part!) The second aspect is the practical one that we seek.
You know, the more I think about this passage I am reminded of another promise by a very respectable theologian. He said…
“Come to me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Mt. 11:28-30)
Our mistake is that we seek happiness while neglecting holiness thereby finding neither. So I am willing to put Tozer’s suggestion to the test. How about you? My prayer for you is that you find that elusive happiness that rests in God alone. Now if you will excuse me, I have a huge craving for a hamburger.