“Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” is one of the most familiar phrases in the Constitution of the United States. Although no one is guaranteed that they will find happiness, the right to seek happiness is one of the main declarations found in our Constitution.
Many “things” we read and hear promise us some form of “happiness” at a distance. What if we taste and experience something that we have been promised will bring us a state of happiness, but when we get it, it’s empty and vain, worthless and a waste of time? What, then, are we to do?
A Psalmist gave us a “formula” for happiness. He declared with enthusiasm, “Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to Him, you will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours!” Certainly, God’s promise for being blessed - or happy - far exceeds whatever promise any man or group of men could guarantee. And they work!
The happiness that God guarantees is for those who fear and follow Him. It is not a fear of being terrorized by a vengeful God - but a fear that results in reverential awe and worship of a God who loves them and wants their best. It is a fear that establishes a trust in Him that “without Him, I can do nothing that is worthwhile.” But, with Him, I can do all things well! So, I will rely on Him for everything!”
A fear of forsaking God and not following Him and His ways will create a dependency upon Him for all things in our life. If we do that, we will find His happiness!
Prayer: God, give us the wisdom to see that true happiness is a gift and is found only in Your grace. Then, grant us the willingness to admit it. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to Him, you will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. Psalm 128:1-2