Abraham Lincoln once said, “Most people are about as happy as they want to be!” Although it is a very simple statement, it is a very brilliant statement and leads us to the fact that each of us is responsible for our happiness. Happiness, then, becomes an “inside” job.
seems to want to be happy. People often think it can be “discovered” in
parties or riches or wealth or recognition or “things.” Yet, many who
search for it never find it even though they may spend an entire life
looking for it.
True happiness cannot be found in material things
or worldly pleasures. World history proves that fact. We see far too
many examples of people who tried to find “it” in “things” and
“pleasures.” Finally, when it was too late, they realized that their
journey to find true happiness led them to all the wrong places. When
they took their final inventory, they discovered that they had
“everything” but happiness.
The Psalmist wrote, “I rejoice - I am
happy - in Your promise, like one who has great spoil.” The “picture”
the Psalmist “paints” for us here is one of a warrior who has returned
from battle and is looking at his “booty.” He opens God’s Word – God’s
booty - and “finds great spoils.”
For many, life is a battle
against the forces of evil - the promise that happiness is in the
“things” of this world. But in the final analysis, when the smoke clears
from the battlefield of life, it becomes obvious that happiness is only
found in God’s Word: the “gifts” we find in His Word.
Prayer: Lord, we are reminded again, that whatever we need can always be found in Your Word if we seek it there. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 119:162 I rejoice in your promise like one who finds great spoil.