Saturday, March 25, 2023
“Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding” (Proverbs 3:13 KJV).
What is the key to happiness?
In this fallen world of poverty, depression, and other hardships, there is an endless search for happiness. People are desperate to locate some type of pleasure or contentment to escape their stressful, disappointing daily routines. They will fish, hike, ride a bicycle, play games, shop at thrift stores, sew, garden, watch television and/or internet videos, read books, talk on the phone, take vacations to exotic lands, gamble at casinos, visit nightclubs, purchase various high-priced items (vehicles, houses, electronic devices, and so on), and the list goes on and on and on. Are they ever truly satisfied though? Do they find lasting happiness? Alas, NO.
Not too many days ago, I stopped in one neighborhood to browse at an estate sale. The lady who owned the place was either in a nursing home or deceased. Whatever the case, her house and all its contents were now being sold. That place was like a maze! It had several bedrooms and bathrooms, a spacious kitchen, a large living room, a hobby/craft room, and innumerable halls and closets. She and her husband were apparently quite rich. At minimum, she had eight sets of fine dishes, 200 cookbooks, hundreds of knickknacks, countless wardrobes, and all sorts of sewing equipment and supplies. Without a doubt, she searched for happiness—but did she find it? Only the Lord knows her heart, of course, but the cultic literature I saw there led me to the conclusion she was a works-religionist and knew not the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal Saviour.
Today’s Scripture, an excerpt of the Book of Proverbs, describes a “happy” man. He is content or pleased, for he has discovered wisdom and obtained understanding (intangible possessions, as opposed to material goods!). If we can identify this wisdom and acquire this understanding, we too can and will be happy—eternally happy. We will be permanently satisfied, no longer needing to chase some fleeting, elusive, temporary, shallow sense of gratification that this fallen world has to offer us. Let us see the key to being happy….