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  • Writer's pictureAlan Fong

Happiness Is...

Happy are thy men, and happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and hear thy wisdom. ~2 Chronicles 9:7


Are you a happy person? I recall many times when our church did a mass distribution of gospel literature in one of our neighboring cities, a man would stand on a platform and shout out, “Happy! Happy! Happy!” He did this to attract a crowd of people towards him and his colleagues for a certain promotion that they were doing. I would be amazed at the number of people who assembled near him, even if it was out of curiosity. People, as a whole, desire to be happy.

There is the pursuit of happiness.

Very few people enjoy living a sad and discouraged life. Most people genuinely desire to be happy. However, their idea of happiness is contained in attainment, accumulation, acclaim, or advancement. If they do not have certain things, they cannot be happy. When these “things” go away, the world that these people are living in comes crashing down, and there is disappointment and sadness.

There is the principle of happiness.

Happiness is to be in a state of enjoyment, contentment, and enthusiasm. It is being able to be at rest and content in whatever state that you are in. It is being thankful for the little things and the great things. It is to enjoy laughter here and there. It is not allowing the circumstances to dictate your spirit, but your spirit is in control regardless of the circumstances. It is realizing that sometimes loss will help us gain the better perspective of the big picture in life. It is realizing that any gain and increase that we have is a loan from God and we should be careful to give Him the glory for whatever He has entrusted to us.

There is the practice for happiness.

The Queen of Sheba made a royal visit to see Solomon and his kingdom. She was amazed and dumbfounded at what she saw. She saw Solomon’s servants and remarked, “Happy are thy men, and happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and hear thy wisdom.” She had been to other foreign countries and saw citizens and servants who despised whom they served and what they did. This was not so with Solomon. What did she see? She saw that salvation produces a happy person. When you get saved, how could you not be happy knowing that your sins are forgiven, Heaven is your home, and you are a son of God? She saw that submission produces a happy person. When we have an attitude that is humble and submissive to those in authority around us, we are happy people. There is no strife or division. We know our rightful place and are content to abide therein. She saw that serving produces a happy person. Serving Christ and others should be our heart’s desire. The servants of Solomon served in an optimal environment. It was an environment that promoted the worship and service of God. These servants were enthused to serve God and advance His cause. She saw men who were happy because they found their true purpose in life.

There is the perpetuity in happiness.

You can be a happy person all of the time. It is your choice! It is up to you to be happy or sad. If you are not serving the Lord with the right motive, you probably are not happy. If you have trouble being in submission to spiritual authority, you are probably not happy. If you are not walking by faith and instead are walking by sight, you probably are not happy. Your priorities and perspective in life must be biblical and not personal. Consider what the Queen of Sheba saw in the servants of Solomon and how this changed her.

Have a “happy” God Morning!

Bible Reading Schedule: Nehemiah 10-11

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