When I was a little fellow, I caught some “lightning bugs” and sealed them in a jar. It was fun watching their tiny bright lights glow in the dark by my bed.
I woke up early the next morning to see their lights but the glow was gone. The lightning bugs were all dead.
It is like that with most people. Some think that happiness and pleasure are synonymous. But they are not a commodity that can be bought. It is a condition.
Others think that happiness and plenty are synonymous. But happiness is not derived from possessions, nor destroyed by poverty. Remember the story of the king who asked for the shirt of the happiest man in his kingdom? They found the man – but he did not have a shirt.
Happiness is not what happens to us, but what happens in us. It is the by-product of a life that is adjusted to the will of God and regulated by the Word of God. Seek God through Christ and let Him have His way, and you will be happy.
Prayer: Jesus, help me to remember that while worldly possessions may bring a temporary type of pleasure, the only true and lasting happiness comes from You. Help me to search the Scriptures daily so that I can understand Your way of life: in Your name. Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 1:1-2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.