“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly [ wicked ], nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.”
Psalm 1:1 (NKJV)
There is one thing in common for the people on this earth from the very beginning and that is the desire to be happy. All are in pursuit of happiness. Nothing wrong in it. Indeed, the world offers happiness in various forms and ways, but it is not true happiness and certainly it is not lasting.
I was one who was seeking happiness in good health, prosperity, sporting activities and in the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life that is spoken of in 1 John 2:15-17. But it was all temporary. Now I have found true happiness in God, for by the grace of God I am what I am, a child of God together with other brethren whom God has raised to sit in the heavenly places together with Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:4-6). As we read in 1 John 1:3, truly our fellowship is with the Father and His Son through the Holy Spirit. Our relationship is vital because God corrects and guides us, for He loves us (Job 5:17).
God has given two choices to mankind: Life or death, blessing or curses, heaven or hell, and that is the recurring theme through out the Bible. We are free moral agents but God recommends that we choose life (Deuteronomy 30:19). Look at the world—its choice is obvious. Do we find true happiness in this world? Are people really happy? The most powerful men, great philosophers, and highly educated leaders, have totally failed in their attempts to bring the Utopia they dreamt of.
The Psalm quoted above teaches us to achieve true happiness. It says to avoid the counsel of the ungodly and the wicked—that means turn away from the outlook of the world which is opposed to God. And not to stand in the sinners way, for the way of sin is death. Neither should we sit in the seats of the scoffers, who scoff at God and scoff at morality, decency, marriage and sanctities of life—all they believe in is self expression.
The Bible reveals that true happiness is the state of mind, not the possession of things (Luke 12:15) or circumstances or whatever is happening around us in this evil world, but to be content with such things we have (Hebrews 13:5). The Apostle Paul learnt to be content in whatever state he found himself (Philippians 4:11-13). James 1:2 even says to count it all joy when you face various trials.
Lasting happiness is found in knowing God and obeying Him with all our hearts. True happiness is found nowhere else but in the word of God, the holy Bible, so search the scriptures for everlasting happiness.
Father in heaven, there is pleasure evermore in your presence. You are the source of all perfect gifts. Our happiness is complete in Jesus Christ. In His name I thank you for all your blessings.
Study by Natu Moti
About the Author:
Natu Moti is a Deacon in the Birmingham Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God. Two of his sons are serving as volunteer staff at S.E.P., a two-week summer activity camp that takes place on the bank of Loch Lomond, Scotland. It is sponsored and run by the Worldwide Church of God UK, a part of Grace Communion International. The camp is Christian in ethos but accepts campers from all denominations and faiths, or from none. For more information about S.E.P. visit http://www.sepuk.org
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