Sometimes, I find happiness when I write. When ideas are flowing as words unto the paper, I can work long hours into the night. But, if the ideas stop and I get writer’s block, I can barely stand to stay at my desk over a few minutes at a time. My husband brings me great joy. Until hispile of stuff beside hischair encroaches myspace, which admittedly, we both consider to be the rest of the house. Except for his sink in the bathroom. I don’t claim it either.
Our dogs make me laugh. Until the youngest one does his duty on the natural fiber hall rug. Nothing can wipe a smile off my face faster than having to explain to the chihuahua once again the difference between natural fiber and the grass outside.
The happiness that I find in people, or activities, or things are temporal. When I seek fulfillment on anything earthly, life falls flat.
Everyone really wants true happiness – including me.
Happiness that lasts is called joy. It is found in Godly wisdom. Following God’s principles enable us to avoid pitfalls. When we encounter a storm, we can face it with confidence, having learned that the master over all assaults will see us through. We can speak boldly of a merciful, life-saving, life-changing God.
“Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding.” Proverbs 3: 13
“My child, if your heart is wise, my own heart will rejoice! Everything in me will celebrate when you speak what is right.” Proverbs 23: 15-16
God tells us that when we leave our simple ways behind and gain understanding, we begin to live a fulfilling life.
So, what is his wisdom that brings us eternal joy? God tells us that, too. Here are a few examples to entice us.
Wisdom is precious.
“Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.” Proverbs 3: 15
Wisdom is protection.
“Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you. Love her, and she will guard you.” Proverbs 4: 6
Wisdom is life-giving.
“Wisdom will multiply your days and add years to your life. If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit. If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer.” Proverbs 9: 11-12
Wisdom is loving yourself.
“To acquire wisdom is to love yourself; people who cherish understanding will prosper.” Proverbs 19: 8
Enjoy everything that God blesses you with. But, if you want real contentment, pursue wisdom. It is what it is, and it is good