Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.
(Proverbs 21:21 (NIV))
The United States of America’s Declaration of Independence states “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Do you pursue happiness, or are you eyes set on a higher standard of righteousness and love?
If you pursue happiness, will you achieve righteousness? I can think of many people who have pursued sinful ways to happiness. This is not righteousness in the eyes of the Lord. They do not find life, prosperity and honor even though they think that they have found happiness. What they have found is fleeting. What they have found does not lead to life, prosperity and honor. With that said, if you pursue righteousness and love, do you believe that you will achieve happiness? Think about that question in relation to the following passage.
His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
(Matthew 25:23 (NIV))
If we pursue righteousness and love, we get to share in God’s happiness!
Think about that concept. We get to share in God’s happiness. Can you imagine what that means? Can you comprehend all that this includes? If we pursue righteousness and love, we will find life, prosperity and honor, plus we will share in God’s happiness if we have been faithful in our pursuit.
How do you classify happiness?
What makes you happy? What do you think of when you want to make yourself happy?
Now, let’s stop to think about God’s thoughts.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
(Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV))
Do you fully comprehend the height, depth and breadth of God’s happiness that we get to share?
We truly do find so much when we seek His righteousness!
What have you found?