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Many people have pursued money, pleasure, fame, power and philosophy in an attempt to find happiness. Here are the conclusions of several well-known men on the effectiveness of these methods for finding happiness.
Jay Gould, the great American financier of the nineteenth century who was worth approximately $72 million at the time of his death, admitted as he died, “I suppose I am the most miserable devil on earth.”
George Eastman, who virtually controlled the entire photography industry in the U.S. in the first quarter of the twentieth century and who gave more than $75 million to charity, wasn’t satisfied. On March 14, 1932, at the age of sixty, he committed suicide.
Robert Young, one of America’s most powerful businessmen, seized control of one of the largest corporations in the U.S.—the New York Central Railway. On January 25, 1958, in his palatial Florida home, Young took his own life.
Lord Byron, the most dashing of the English Romantic poets, indulged in the ultimate pursuit of pleasure. In the last year of his life, at the young age of 36, he wrote:
“My days are in the yellow leaf;
The flowers and fruits of love are gone;
The worm, the canker, and the grief
Are mine alone!”
Benjamin Disraeli, a renowned British Prime Minister, wrote, “Youth is a mistake, manhood a struggle, old age a regret.”
Alexander the Great, perhaps the most remarkable general in recorded history, conquered the civilized world of his day. Having completed his amazing conquest, he lay in his tent and cried, saying, “There are no more worlds to conquer!”
Voltaire was an outspoken opponent of the gospel of Jesus Christ. His conclusion: “I wish I had never been born!” His death was a terrifying sight, almost too frightening to witness as he cried out in rage, “I must die—abandoned of God and men!” Each of these men confirms the verdict made 3000 years ago by Solomon: “All is vanity and vexation of spirit” (Ecclesiastes 2:17).
The Lord Jesus Christ said, “I am the bread of life: he that cometh to Me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst” (John 6:35).
“He satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness” (Psalm 107:9).
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31).
Christ Jesus is able to give us the lasting happiness that we all crave and can’t find anywhere else. God wants you to share His wonderful treasures of love, joy and lasting peace. All these and much more are available to you as a gift from God that costs you absolutely nothing.
God’s gift to you cost Him a tremendous amount. “God so loved the world, that He GAVE His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). He punished His Son for all the sins of those who trust on Him. You are freed from sin’s penalty by simply accepting His love gift to you. God says, “The wages of sin is death; but the GIFT of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
God even gives the faith necessary to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. “By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the GIFT of God” (Ephesians 2:8).
Accept God’s gift of salvation today and you will discover the true and only source of lasting happiness through the Lord Jesus Christ.