Luke 2: 49
“Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know
I had to be in my Father’s house?”
Another voice is silenced. The official results aren’t out yet, but there’s a very good chance Prince’s death was due to drugs. It’s so sad…but it also makes me angry. Another person who seems to be living the American Dream–money; fame; and success in their chosen field.
And yet so unhappy!
Why else let drugs take over your life to the point that they kill you? The rest of us think that if we had more money; more fame; or more success, then we’d be happy. But Prince and a long list of others who seemed to have “everything” we crave tells us that’s not the formula for happiness.
So if it’s not fame; money; and success, then what will give us peace and joy?
God is the answer. A relationship with our Creator will take away the pain that drive us to contemplate suicide. A relationship with God will fill up those empty spaces that we fill up with drugs, alcohol, or some other addiction.
Chronologically, Jesus’s first recorded words were found in Luke 2: 49 when his parents went looking for him in the temple (NIV). “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”
We live in desperate times in a desperate world. People are so unhappy—so sad—so empty–so …….. Suicide is at all an all-time high or at least it seems that way to me. Not to mention wasted lives due to drug use, alcoholism, and any other addiction you want to include.
But Jesus’s first words tell us all we need to know to have more peace and joy in our life. You don’t have to search for him. You don’t have to hunt for him. He’s in His Father’s house.
In my Father’s house. When you spend time at another’s house, it implies a relationship with that person. I don’t believe it’s an accident that Jesus’s first recorded words pointed to having a relationship with God—His father. Our Father. First and foremost, we were created to have a relationship with our Creator.
Without that relationship, something will always be missing from our lives.
With that relationship, we can begin to heal our hurts and find true peace and joy.
In no way do I presume to know what Prince’s relationship with God was. And I’m certainly not going to say that because a person struggles with an addiction doesn’t mean that they aren’t a Christian. In fact many Christians struggle on a daily basis with depression and addiction. It’s not magic and I’m not going to tell you life will change overnight when you form that relationship with God, but it could!
But what I will tell you is that once connected, you’ll discover the only power source you’ll ever need–GOD!
And then you can add your voice to the others that point to the hope of more peace and joy–GOD!
GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!