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Virginia Brandt Berg (1898-1968)

"THE ROYAL ROAD TO HAPPINESS"

Meditation Moments 60:

There's a melody Divine
Deep within this heart of mine
Since Christ has taught me harmony.
There's music in my soul
Since He has had control,
He giveth perfect peace and victory!

God's Word says, "If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them." (Jn13:17) -- A verse of Scripture that has such a world in it we couldn't begin to exhaust it! The little word "happy" and the little word "do" mean so much in this passage. -- Some time ago I was reading an article in a magazine, and this is just an excerpt from it:

"Everyone is after the same thing in life, and that is happiness. Just to have a good time seems to be the purpose of life to some people. Unfortunately most of them blunder until their short lives are nearly over before they find out what a good time really is.

"At first, when children, we think that 'a good time' means lots of fun and not much work, to do as you like and get something for nothing. But many folks discover after a while that that is a very silly notion and leads to mischief, spankings and stomach-aches.

"Eventually, after having plenty of troubles, folks learn that success and happiness does not come from grabbing everything we want, that happiness does not mean idleness and chocolate creams! But it takes a long time to go about it in the right way to find it."

Well, every real Christian knows this, and I certainly agree on one point, that happiness is one of the things that almost every human being wants.

Of course, consecrated, deep saints of God don't make a quest for happiness, but they find it just the same! And I hope I can convince you of this. Happiness is to many lives only a holy grail, that if they miss finding, they feel they've missed the supreme purpose in life!

But that isn't the supreme purpose in life! There's a little poem by Ella Wheeler-Wilcox called "I've Lost The Road To Happiness," and it goes something like this:

I've lost the road to happiness,

Does anyone know it, pray?

I was dwelling there

When the morn was fair,

But somehow I wandered away.

I saw rare treasure

And scenes of pleasure

And ran to pursue them when lo,

I had lost the road to happiness

And knew not whither to go.

-- Now I take the liberty to paraphrase the next verse:

Have you lost the road to happiness?

Oh, I can lead you back,

Take the road marked 'obedience',

To the right, up God's own track!

So where can you find real happiness? -- Well, it's found by obeying God! Strange to say, the mother of happiness is just plain old-fashioned obedience, and every man that was blessed under the ministry of Jesus Christ, was blessed in the path of obedience!

Joy is always the aftermath of obedience! God's Word says, "if ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them." -- I want you to remember that verse: "If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them." It's true!

A will yielded to God brings you rest of spirit; a heart right with God brings joy, and a mind stayed on God brings peace.

Perfect obedience would be perfect happiness if we had perfect confidence in the One we are obeying! Isn't that a wonderful thought? And so true! It's reasonable too, for if the heart is right with God and you're walking in obedience to His Word, then He can fulfill in you all of His wonderful promises, and who could help but find happiness then?

Many people think they are unhappy because of conditions and circumstances around them, but that isn't it, it's because of what's wrong in the heart! When the heart is wrong, all is wrong. They are at war with themselves because they are out of harmony with God.

Christ did not teach that the quest for happiness should be abandoned, but that you must find the right way of finding it! Christ believed in, and taught happiness, but He made it very plain that there are wrong ways of pursuing it.

He knew every phase of human longing for happiness and that the wrong pursuit of it is one of the World's greatest problems that we must solve. Jesus said, "I will see you again and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man will take from you." -- That's John 16:22.

He said, "ask and receive, that your joy may be full." (Jn.16:14) And He promised that one of the first fruits of the Spirit would be joy! There are so many Scriptures along this line to prove that joy comes to a real Christian that I haven't time to mention them all! There are far far more than I can tell you about in the time I have right now.

But this kind of joy is entirely different from the gaiety the world calls happiness! And this confident message of happiness runs triumphantly all through the Word of God, so don't think that when you become a Christian it's some long-faced affair, all fenced in and hard and dark!

Christ always set forth the fundamentals of happiness, and told us that we should have joy, to "ask and receive, that your joy may be full." And He would reveal to the world that they are on the wrong path to happiness if they just strive for happiness as a goal in itself, because that's just to chase a shadow and never catch the substance at all!

It's not something from the outside that you can pour into the heart, but rather it springs up from within the heart as a God-given miracle resulting from yielding to the Will of God, and putting the life utterly at God's disposal! Is this an unthought of way of happiness to you?

Does it seem unreal that you can find happiness by making Jesus Christ the master of your life in implicit obedience to His Will? Well, tens of thousands of people are today testifying that they found happiness in obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ! He can do it for you! He wants to do it for you!

Are you dissatisfied, distraught and frustrated? Why don't you give God a chance at your heart? Before you again start up some wrong trail to find just another dead-end of dissatisfaction or frustration, why don't you read God's Word? You'll find there what is the Will of God for you.

You'll find God's way! Remember that Christ Himself, when He was here on earth, constantly set forth that there was no blessedness equal to the blessedness of obedience. Is it strange that God can fully satisfy your soul? Oh, He can! He's still on the Throne!

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