Grasping for the wind

Bobby McFerrin released a lighthearted song in 1988 called Don’t Worry, Be Happy. It reached No. 1 on the pop charts and was featured in several films. McFerrin croons:


In your life expect some trouble

When you worry you make it double

Don’t worry, be happy, be happy now


It’s true that we can expect trouble in this life. But McFerrin’s formula for happiness is flawed (the phrase Don’t Worry Be Happy came from an Indian guru). Fallen man cannot find true happiness apart from God. Solomon, the wisest, richest and most influential king in Israel’s history, calls this futile search grasping for the wind. The key to happiness is found in the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes, penned by Solomon. I like this commentary in the New King James Bible (Thomas Nelson Publishers):


Power, popularity, prestige, pleasure – nothing can fill the God-shaped void in man’s life but God Himself. But once seen from God’s perspective, life takes on meaning and purpose, causing Solomon to explain, “Eat . . . drink . . . rejoice . . . do good . . . live joyfully . . . fear God . . . keep His commandments.” Skepticism and despair melt away when life is viewed as a daily gift from God.

Written by Jeff King

Jeff is a retired newspaper journalist in the United States and follower of Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth

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