Devotional

“If Only …”

Michael Beck

“… Yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.” (Psalm 144:15)

Human beings like to dream. In our minds we envision a day when our dreams will come true, when we will have the things we now want. When our hopes are delayed we become heartsick. (Prov. 13:12) When people stand in the way of our dreams coming true we become bitter and angry. We wonder why things have to be so hard. Is there some kind of cosmic conspiracy to thwart our happiness? We sigh, “If only …” If only he would do this; if only she would do that – oh! how much happier I would be.

There was a man who came to Jesus with a complaint against his brother. He had envisioned receiving a good chunk of change when his father died. No doubt he had already been making plans for what he would do with the money. Things he had wanted could now be purchased. And then, his dreams were dashed. His father died and he was left nothing, his brother got it all. “Master,” he cried, “speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me.” (Luke 12:13) In other words, “Lord, make others do what will make me happy.” And what does the Lord say to the frustrated, unhappy man: “… Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.” (Luke 12:15)

How foolish and deceived we are to believe our happiness lies in having more of anything this life affords. Even when we’ve gotten what our heart has wished for, it’s still not enough. There will always be something not quite right – a little off, a little less than we like it. What then does true life consist in? “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” (John 17:3) David discovered that life, fullness of joy, and everlasting pleasure were found only in the presence of God. “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalm 16:11)

To have God is the greatest possession one can have. All is right when we are rightly related to Him. When He is ours and we are His, our heart can rest, content with the things we have. Yes, happy is that people, whose God is the Lord. If only we believed it, if only we stopped looking anywhere else for our happiness.

Let Him be your dream come true. Want more of Him.


Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.