By Toni Smothers
Scripture Reading: Proverbs 3:13-18 (All Scripture quoted is NIV)
Scripture Quote: After all, to the person who is good in God's sight, he gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy, but to the sinner he gives the troublesome task of acquiring and accumulating in order to leave it to someone who is good in the sight of God. This also is pointless and chasing after the wind. (Ecclesiastes 2:26)
Although people think happiness can be found in our fleshly desires, we find the eventual achievement of those yearnings to be destructive and unfulfilling. Since we are surrounded by evil, Believers must deliberately decide not to walk in the counsel of ungodliness. The world defends self-gratification and competitive aggression as acceptable common practice - Getting out ahead of the next guy rules, so that achievement and prosperity have become the gods of this world.
Redeemed Christians are aware of the existence of an invisible world where we can draw our strength and purpose from an unseen God who guides us on the path to righteousness. Believers have the joy of the Lord and the wisdom in His Word to sustain us throughout our lives. Our inner man is blessed with a sacred indwelling of God's Holy Spirit. Although difficulties and disappointments are part of life, Christians know that life on earth is temporary. We are destined for great joy when our Lord and Savior comes again. Jesus will take us with Him into glory and show us what real happiness is.
Today’s meditation: Happy is the heart that belongs to the Lord.
Memory Verse: But the righteous rejoice and exult before God; they are overwhelmed with joy. (Psalms 68:3)