Thursday, August 19, 2010

Pro 3:13  Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
Pro 3:14  For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
Pro 3:15  She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
Pro 3:16  Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.
Pro 3:17  Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
Pro 3:18  She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.

Our world is in a struggle to find happiness.  I went to the doctor several months ago with the complaint of fatigue, and she offered me Prozac.  As it turns out, I just had a vitamin deficiency, but we can see from the response that she just assumed I was unhappy.  People are unhappy.  Don't you know a lot of unhappy people?  They complain all the time.  They are negative.  Or maybe they are outwardly negative.  Or they're not satisfied with whatever they have at the moment.  They are bored, or tired, or cranky, or convinced the grass is greener on the other side.  How often are we like that?  More often than I care to admit!

Happy is the man that finds wisdom!  Wisdom should be the Prozac we seek.  Wisdom makes us happy.  Why?  Look at what Proverbs has said about wisdom, and will go on to say about it.  Those who have wisdom do not fear evil, their paths are clear and well lit, and they know what decisions to make.  This does not mean that our lives will be easier with wisdom, just that we will be happy with wisdom.  Trusting in God increases our happiness by decreasing our anxiety and by reordering our priorities.  Is being cut off in traffic really as important as eternity?  No?  Then maybe I shouldn't be so stressed out about it.

Worldly wisdom is incredibly appealing and seems to make sense, yet we already know it doesn't work.  Does it make any of us happier?  This email conversation with a friend post talked about some of the ways we think we can solve our problems and how the world would tell us it is fine to vent our anger and demand respect from others.  Does that actually work?  The world may understand why I'm screaming at the guy who cut me off in traffic, but does that solve any problems?  Does it make me happier?  It doesn't because it isn't God's wisdom!  In that situation, not screaming at the guy doesn't solve any problems either, but on the other hand I don't have my blood pressure spike and find myself in a bad mood later, which may impact how I treat others.

And yet I find myself always going back to the worldly wisdom.  It is just too attractive some days.  Society has brainwashed us into believing it.  It is a constant struggle to overcome what we want to do and do what God wants us to do.  And that's why we're so unhappy.

What's funny is if we can look at this from the outside, from a perspective that can see the lie for what it is, it is easy to identify and oh so aggravating that we could fall for it.  We're not nearly as smart as we'd like to be.  Proverbs talks about that later - the people who walk on the wrong path stumble, and don't even realize it or realize what they stumble over.

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