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Letter: No real happiness when living apart from God

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From: Fred Allman


Let me in sadness comment on the suicide of Robin Williams that we might benefit from his tragedy, from his inability to handle the vicissitudes and challenges of life.

You would think that a person of his intelligence and genius would be able to transcend and handle the challenges of life that come to a person. But, of course, his problems and the problem of many like him are they have never made God their guide and center of their lives. Consequently they have to fall back on their own resources to solve their problems.

The Scriptures comment on this: “Cursed is the man that trusteth in himself and maketh flesh his arm.” (Jeremiah 17:5)

Many people can drift through life, making self the center of their being, and not be bothered by it. But evidently Williams was not one of those people. He could not find happiness living for self, and evidently he was not willing to adopt God’s remedy for his unhappy life. So he paid the penalty by living in darkness.

The Scriptures ask the question, who can find happiness apart from God? And, of course, the answer is there is no real happiness living apart from the eternal God.

Augustine found the answer. He said there is an emptiness at the very heart of our being that can only be filled by God. All our efforts to fill this void in any other way will fail.

Someone has said, if you want to be happy for a couple of hours, go out and get drunk. If you want to be happy for a lifetime, find a good husband or wife. But if you want to be happy for all eternity, give your life to God and live for him.

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