The Happiest People
The happiest people are those that know God the best and therefore enjoy Him the most. They appear to be closer to Him but really it is just that they know Him better. He is equally as close to all who have received Jesus into their hearts. Feeling closer to Him is a good thing. But feeling closer to Him is not a physical or geographical phenomenon, it is knowing Him better.
2 Peter 1:2: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
Hebrews 6:19a: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, . . .
Anchor to the throne of God and then shorten the rope!
We shorten the rope by knowing Him better. We know Him better by studying the book that teaches about Him, the Bible. We know Him better when we invite Him into our hearts. In a sense, when He is in our hearts He is in our laboratory. He is more available for examination. We can examine His work on our conscience.
Ephesians 3:17a: That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; . . .
Romans 1:19: Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
We cannot examine something as fully that has not been made real and obvious within us. As we study what the Bible says about the changes that He makes in us and then actually experience them we know the changes and The Changer better.
Luke 17:21: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
John 3:3: Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
When Jesus the King and the Kingdom are within us we can perceive Him and the Kingdom better than when they were not.
The happiest people will also see God in His Creation better.
Romans 1:20: For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Knowing God from what the Bible says about Him, from having Him within us and from studying Him in His Creation is like a strong and reliable three-fold rope. The Bible is the strongest of the three cords. Having Him in us and around us can be misunderstood without the Bible.
Having Him in us purifies the lens of our conscience so we can see Him better. Knowing what the Bible says about Him AND having Him within us helps us to see Him and know Him better through the Creation.
Since I invited Christ into my heart, my conscience is more at peace and even the world around me is more beautiful.
[He] is blind who does not see the most beautiful order everywhere and most wicked who does not acknowledge it. There is a suitable disposition of parts, so constant a concord of things so discordant, so harmonious an agreement and consent of creatures the most diverse, so swift and at the same time equable motion of the heavenly bodies and so immutable a stability and constancy of the order once established. So not only do the heavens declare the glory of God, but every blade of grass and flower in the field, every pebble on the shore and every shell in the ocean proclaim not only his power and goodness, but also his manifold wisdom, so near each one that even by feeling, God can be found.
The enjoyment of God is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven fully to enjoy God is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Fathers and mothers, husbands or wives or children, or the company of earthly friends are but shadows; God is the substance. These are but the scattered beams; God is the sun. These are but streams; God is the ocean.
George Wade Robinson in his hymn Loved With Everlasting Love:Heaven above is softer blue,
Earth around is sweeter green;
Something lives in every hue
Christless eyes have never seen
Birds with gladder songs o*erflow
Flowers with deeper beauties shine.
Since I know, as now I know,
I am His, and He is mine.
Acts 17:27-28: That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: 28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
Deuteronomy 4:29: But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
Westminster Shorter Catechism: