“Those who become wise are happy; wisdom will give them life”.
Prov 3:18 GNB
A ll people seek happiness. Some seek it through love, others through money. Power attracts some – it almost becomes an intoxicant for them. Some are referred to as “workaholics” and they feel that the harder they work the happier they will be. In this modern age many look for happiness in fun or pleasure and it becomes the be-all and end-all for them. Some warped souls look for it in violence. And some claim that they have found happiness in knowing and serving God.
Proverbs says that happiness comes through wisdom – and no doubt many people who are wise do use their wisdom to avoid the more extreme kinds of unhappiness. Happy people are nice to know. They cheer you up. Usually they think positively and it does you good to meet them. They can lift you from despondency to a sense of well-being fairly quickly. So it is wise to be happy and, if you can, to make others happy too.
There are many things in the Christian life that can make you happy. A deep sense of God’s love can give you peace. An awareness of the presence of Jesus Christ can give you joy and that is one of the fruit of the Spirit. Great worship can make you happy and send you home singing in your heart. A deep faith can enable you to ride out the storms of life and give you hope for the future. There are few happier people than those who constantly hope. They give hope to others. But the be-all and end-all of the Christian life is not happiness. It is obedience to Christ and faith in him. That is life.
Lord, let me know life in its fullness through Christ.