6th December 2010

Clothed With Happiness

12th in a Series

“He who heeds the word wisely will find good, and whosoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he.”
Proverbs 16:20 (NKJV)

For many, life is the pursuit of happiness.  They hope to find it in wealth and possessions, in success and accomplishment, or in reputation and position.  All these things are from without and at the best are ephemeral, here today and gone tomorrow.

True happiness is from within and is not affected by the around and the about.  It is not derived from the things that are normally associated with happiness, but rather is a state of being, a sureness that is steadfast when everything else is uncertain and disturbing.  It is this that comes from God and provides us with a consistent happiness that is not moved by the vagaries of life.

This trust or faith is not of our making.  It is not something that lies dormant within us waiting for us to stir it into action.  This trust or faith is a gift from God.  We can have this trust if we believe that Jesus is the Son of God and died for our sins.  God’s gift of faith will transform us, it will make something new of us and fill us with a confidence that overrides the ups and downs of life and keeps us constant, even in the face of troubles and distress.

Notice what the Apostle Peter had to say about this; “And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?  But and if you suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;” (1Peter 3:13-14 KJV)

“If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you:” (1Peter 4:14 KJV) Even in the face of persecution this trust we have in God produces happiness.

Let us walk in the confidence of this trust and let the happiness that it produces shine forth to the glory of God.

Prayer
Father in heaven, thank you for that inner confidence we can have in you and for the happiness that it provides which we share with others.
Amen

Study by David Stirk 

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