Daily Devotional: Psalms 112:6-10
6 Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever. 7 He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD. 8 His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes. 9 He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor, his righteousness endures forever; his horn will be lifted high in honor. 10 The wicked man will see and be vexed, he will gnash his teeth and waste away; the longings of the wicked will come to nothing.
There are times that the simplest lessons in life are some of the most profound and can help us in so many ways. I can remember as a child being told not to use a knife for a screwdriver. I have broken the tip off of several knives because I did not heed this advice. The reason this is good advice is because a knife is not made to be used as a screwdriver. It is made to cut things.
God made us to be happy and peaceful people. Yet, the world is filled with people who are in a constant turmoil and seldom are considered to be happy. While the masses seem to be pursuing happiness, few ever really find it. It is one of the rights given us in this country; the pursuit of happiness. But it is this very concept that causes the problem.
Someone has said that happiness is not a destination but a way of traveling. If we pursue happiness it will always be like the carrot on a stick and be just a little way off but close enough to see and smell. We will be happy when we make more money, when we get older, when we get married, when we are not married, when we have children or when our children are grown. To be happy we think we need a larger house, nicer car, a boat or smaller house with less yard. The list goes on and on but none of these bring happiness.
True happiness comes when we heed the advice of the one who made us. Our purpose is to fear God and keep his commandments. Jesus said this means we serve others and use what we have to help others. He also said it is more blessed to give than to receive. When we can learn that all we have is not ours but is only in our care to be used to glorify God we will find true happiness.
O God, thank you for showing me how to live. You unselfishly gave your Son for me when I did not deserve to be redeemed. You provide my needs on a daily basis even though I fail to be what you want me to be. You love me because you are love and not because I am so loveable. Give me wisdom to become like you in all my ways. Give me courage to let go of control in my life and my things to be able to serve and help others and bring glory to you and your name. Bless those who face daily opposition to serving you. I pray in the name of Jesus.