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 own happiness. Happiness, then, becomes an “inside” job.
Everyone seems to want to be happy. People often think happiness can be “discovered” in parties or riches or wealth or recognition or “things.” 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 spoils.” 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 seek are there.
Prayer: Lord, we are reminded again, that whatever we need can always be found in Your Word if we seek it there. Lead us to seek the treasures of Your Word. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: I rejoice in your promise like one who finds great spoil. Psalm 119:162
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