After all, why we need God? Mental health experts say that humans need spiritual values to be truly happy. This can be seen in our natural desire to accomplish meaningful things or achieve something greater than ourselves. Some try to fulfill this need by devoting their free time to ecology, fine arts, music, etc. But these activities usually do not bring deep or lasting satisfaction.

This innate need for spirituality is no surprise to readers of the Bible. The early chapters of Genesis indicate that after creating Adam and Eve, God spoke to them regularly, allowing them to form a relationship with him (Genesis 3:8-10). In fact, God did not design humans to live independently of him; they need to communicate with their Creator. The Bible speaks of this need many times.

Why do we need God?

Jesus, for example, said, "Blessed are those who are aware of their spiritual poverty" (Matthew 5:3). In other words, to be truly happy, it is essential to satisfy our need to know God. How to reach Him? 

Jesus explains to us, "Man must live, not on bread alone, but on every word that comes out of the mouth of Jehovah." (Matthew 4:4). In what ways do God's words-His thoughts and teachings recorded in the Bible-help us to have a happy and meaningful life? Let's look at three.

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Today, a plethora of experts offer their advice in areas such as relationships with others, love, family life, conflict resolution, happiness, and even the meaning of life. But who is in a better position to give reliable and balanced advice in all these areas, if not the Creator of mankind, Jehovah?

Let's illustrate: a camera or computer usually comes with a user's guide explaining how to use it best and how to be satisfied with it. The Bible is like such a guide: it is the manual of life. God is the creator and we are the users. This "user's guide" explains the purpose for which the "product", our life, was designed and how to make the best use of it.

Like any user's manual worthy of the name, the Bible points out uses of the "product" that can affect its proper functioning. Some may offer ways of doing things that may seem more attractive or even more advantageous. But to get the best results and avoid problems, wouldn't it make more sense to follow the Creator's instructions?

"I, Jehovah, am your God, the One who teaches you for your benefit, the One who leads you in the way you should walk. Ah! If only you were very attentive to my commandments! Then your peace would become like a river and your righteousness like the waves of the sea" (Isaiah 48:17, 18).

Seeking God

2,000 years ago, on the Areopagus (or: Mars Hill) in Athens, the apostle Paul spoke to the free-thinking Athenians. He told them about God: "He it is who gives life and breath to everything and all things. For through him we have life and move and exist, as some poets among you have even said, "For we are also his lineage" (Acts 17:25, 28).

What Paul pointed out to the Athenians is still valid today. The air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink all come from our Creator. We simply could not live without the good things that Jehovah has given us. But why does he continue to sustain the lives of all humans, even those who don't care about him? Paul answers, "So that they may seek God, groping for him and really find him, although in fact he is not far from each one of us" (Acts 17:27).

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