Friday, December 30, 2011

Happiness from Revelation


Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but happy is he who keeps the law.  
Proverbs 29:18





For some reason we have been tricked into believing that if we get our way or things go “right” in our life that we will find happiness.  Unfortunately, I often hear my children, my husband, and even myself at times praying at dinnertime that we were just thankful the day went by without any adversity.  But the verse today teaches that true happiness does not come from everything going the way we wanted them to go, but rather it comes from staying within the bounds of God’s law.  The verse goes on to teach, that what is going to hold our resolve to stay in the law, is God’s consistent revelations to us. 

On our own we can find out many things about the word of God and we can seek and seek until we find something that suits the way we want to look at life.  We can do research about the time period the scripture passage was written in or we can find out more regarding the customs and lifestyles of the people who were receiving the message.  We can even talk to others or read what others have written about God’s word to gain more insight into the scriptures.  But the passage here does not talk about human gained insight, rather the Hebrew word used for revelation means an uncovering or revealing of something God chooses to make known. 

God’s revelation is meant to direct and center a person who wants to stay in the will of God, not just to provide more information to add to your base knowledge of the bible or to write down in your journal.  In essence, God’s revelation is not about making us feel good about what we can do on our own to maintain our preset ideas about happiness.  Rather, God’s revealed word is intended to give direction, to show sin, to increase passion, and to bring comfort.  God alone knows what each person needs at each point in life and He is faithful to provide for those needs through His great provisions and His divine revelations.  Those provisions and revelations make us dependent upon God and increase our faith, while at the same time teach us that happiness is found alone in one pursuit, the pursuit of God.

If you are seeking happiness today I urge you not to look for life to go as you desire for it to go, but instead be open for God to reveal to you His insight into your life.  With God’s revelation you more than likely will be pleasantly surprised to find happiness within what you have been trying to escape.

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