“Seek God, Not Happiness”

Monday is for Discussion

Bonhoeffer 2“We must center our attention on the Word alone and leave consequences to its action. For may it not be that God Himself sends us these hours of reproof and dryness that we may be brought again to expect everything from His Word?
‘Seek God, not happiness’–this is the fundamental rule of all meditation. If you seek God alone you will gain happiness: that is its promise.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, on the art of biblical meditation,
in Life Together: A Discussion of Christian Fellowship, 84.

The shallowness of American Christian’s happiness is directly related to the lack of meditation on the incarnation of Christ (the Word made flesh) and the work of Christ revealed in the word of God. We are emotion driven rather than word driven, emotion directed rather than word directed. 

Teach your people to meditate on the word and works of Christ.

2 thoughts on ““Seek God, Not Happiness”

  1. I’ve been thinking about joy lately. Joy is not based on my circumstances. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit and is a natural extension of growing closer to the Lord. When there is less of me, there can be more of Him. When there is more of Him, I desire nothing more than to seek His face. When there is more of me, I want to feel fulfilled, comfortable and happy. When there is more of Him, He is all I need. “Godliness with contentment is great gain.” 1 Timothy 6:6


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