“A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance…” (Proverbs 15:13)
Have you ever wondered if God wants you to be happy? More than a few times the enemy of our souls tells us that we shouldn’t do something because God doesn’t want us to be happy. The same enemy tells us we should sin and go against the will of God because he surely wants us to be “happy.”
So which is it? Does God want us to be happy or doesn’t he?
The truth of the matter is that God does want us to be happy. Much in the same way a good dad wants his son or daughter to be happy. Most of the time the dad knows better about what will make them happy over the long run than they do. This is always the case with God.
True happiness, or joy, is a matter of the heart and not dependent on circumstances. God is concerned about our heart because he knows everything in our life is influenced by our heart. He made us that way. Having a merry heart gives us a cheerful countenance, or a positive and hopeful outlook. Having a sorrowful heart breaks our spirit.
Wisdom includes living life in such a way that we take care of our heart. This includes seeking knowledge, and learning that the fear of God and love for others is more important than the money we have or the power we possess. In the end, loving God and one another not only fulfills the commandments of God, it brings us to a state of joy. A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance.
Listen to the Message: A Cheerful Countenance (Proverbs 15:13-17)