The Key to Lasting Happiness

There is security in wisdom, don't you think?

Security: The quality or state of being secure, such as:
afreedom from danger - safety
bfreedom from fear or anxiety

There is security in wisdom.

Google defines wisdom as the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise. The Bible says that wisdom will bring us honor when we embrace it, and that the person who discovers wisdom has found a priceless treasure (Proverbs 2).

You know what doesn't bring security? Ignorance. Recklessness. Thoughtlessness.

I've been in plenty of situations where I've felt insecure. I've made some really ignorant, reckless and thoughtless decisions. And to be honest, I've repeated the same bad decisions more than once. There were consequences, yes, but when you're reckless, consequences don't phase you. When you're ignorant, you can't feel the weight of your choices. And when you're thoughtless, you don't even consider how your choices are impacting others. I've been there - I've been all of those things multiple times - living insecure, shallow, and unfulfilled.

Today when I was reading through Proverbs 2, I realized something: There was a time when my pursuit of happiness and lack of wisdom left me empty - ignorant, reckless, and thoughtless.

For so many years, I chased happiness. Our culture places so much weight on happiness that when we aren't "feeling happy", we think something's wrong - we're missing something. It's a scary way to live, as it basically makes us believe that we should always and only be chasing what makes us happy - all the time. "If you're not happy, do something different." And that happiness is whatever-makes-you-feel-good happiness. So when our friendships and marriages and jobs aren't on cloud nine, they must not be for us - that's the message society is preaching, and so many of us are clinging to it. But chasing happiness only left me feeling vulnerable, insecure, and impossible to please. I loved Jesus and I wanted to live for Him, but the honest truth is that I was simply chasing happiness, and it was all about me.

The world tells us that happiness is found in what makes us feel good. But the WORD tells us this:

Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding;
For her (her=wisdom) proceeds are better than the profits of silver,
And her grain than fine gold.
She is more precious than rubies,
And all the things you may desire cannot compare with her.
Length of days is in her right hand,
In her left hand riches and honor.
Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
She is like a tree of life to those who take hold of her.
And happy are all who retain her.
(Proverbs 2:13-18)

There's security in wisdom because wisdom is the key to true, lasting happiness and peace. Wisdom is knowing who He is and what His promises are. Wisdom is knowing that your true identity is described in these three words: Child of God, and believing that it trumps all else. Wisdom is recognizing and believing that commitment trumps circumstances. Wisdom is sound discretion based on His principles. It's making hard decisions that may not feel good, but that honor Him. Wisdom brings true peace, and true happiness - the kind that remains even through the trials.

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My son, let them not depart from your eyes (wisdom, understanding, knowledge),
Keep sound wisdom and discretion; So they will be life to your soul and grace to your neck.
Then you will walk safely in your way, and your foot will not stumble.
(Proverbs 2:21)

There is security in wisdom, friends. How do we gain it? We spend time in His word, learning from the stories and imprinting His promises onto our hearts. We spend time with Him, asking Him for wisdom and trusting that He will give it to us. We surround ourselves with wise counsel and wise friends - those who love Him more than themselves, those who seek security in Him. We don't expect them to be perfect, no, but we seek those who want to know Him and will journey with us.

The little moments that bring happiness are a blessing, they really are. But don't let the fleeting moments define your happiness. Find peace and lasting happiness in the wisdom, understanding, and knowledge that come from knowing Him. 

It's a wild and wonderful journey, friends. We're in it together!