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What is the key to happiness? True happiness comes when we discover God’s wisdom and God’s understanding in our lives. This is not our own wisdom or our own understanding. It is what God knows and how God directs. The wisdom of mankind is self-motivated, self-focused and self-preserving, but the wisdom of God is life-motivated, life-focused, and life-giving in all things. His life-giving wisdom always pursues life-giving knowledge to establish life-giving understanding. This should renew our strength!
Proverbs 3:13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding; 14 For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold. 15 She is more precious than rubies, and all the things you may desire cannot compare with her. 16 Length of days is in her right hand, in her left hand riches and honor. 17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. 18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who retain her.
Wouldn’t it stand to reason, that leaders should be happy people? Leaders should be people who know how to discover the wisdom and understanding of God; thus, they discover the happiness of the will of God in their lives for the sake of leading others to finding the same. Wisdom is not a depending upon what we know. True wisdom is depending on the One who knows. God writes the beginning from the end and His end is always redemptive in its purpose. If we seek to know God’s wisdom, we also seek to know His redemptive end. We can have an expectation of this. God ends with life, so He seeks constant and continual beginnings of life. Knowing this should make us happy!
The world is facing shaking and difficult times, but we have an internal kingdom of life that empowers our way in the natural world of our surrounding. Believers need not be afraid. Leaders in the body of Christ should lead others to not be afraid. God’s wisdom gives foundations and creates new things. From what is formless, void, and dark He brings forth order, fullness, and light. We must be seekers of Him in order to be seekers of His wisdom.
Proverbs 3:19 The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding He established the heavens; 20 By His knowledge the depths were broken up, and clouds drop down the dew. 21 My son, let them not depart from your eyes—keep sound wisdom and discretion; 22 So they will be life to your soul and grace to your neck. 23 Then you will walk safely in your way, and your foot will not stumble. 24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid; yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet. 25 Do not be afraid of sudden terror, nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; 26 For the LORD will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught.
These truths should inspire us to be stable in our walk in life. These words address the fact that the wicked will inspire trouble, but we need not be afraid. We can be like Jesus Christ as the body of Christ. We can be unshakable as the rock of Christ. Let’s not be easily moved by the events of the world. Let’s be determined by our access to heaven and heaven’s access to our lives. Our God is the Lord and we can be happy people, even in difficult times.
Food For Thought,
Ted J. Hanson
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