Summary: The way of woe leads to happiness!
We Need More Woe In Our Lives
Don’t worry, be happy was a popular song not so long ago. Stimpy of Ren and Stimpy says, "Happy, happy! Joy, joy!" We are guaranteed the right to the pursuit of happiness in our Constitution. The entertainment and travel industries earn billions of dollars promising to make us happy. Ask a person to tell you their top three wishes for their life and if one of those wishes is not to be happy then the three wishes will be for things or people they think will make them happy. How can you be happy without the fastest computer, the best car, or the biggest house? You owe these things to yourself. You deserve a break today! Have it your way! Be Happy!
In our culture, we consider happiness to be free from all burdens and to have every thing we want in excess. This is not what happiness once meant. Our forefathers who for the most part used the KJV would have understood happiness to mean being blessed of God. Therefore, if we modernized the language of the Constitution, it would say that we are guaranteed the right to pursue the blessing of God. That was the way they saw we would be truly happy in a joyous sense. Hmm, that puts a whole new light on the separation of the Church and State foolishness.
Job 5:17 Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: (KJV)
Correction and chastening are not things that we consider shouting, "Happy, Happy! Joy, joy!" about when we receive them. Usually, we revile the one that corrects us and sue them for mental anguish. Chasten your children and they may divorce you.
Ps 127:5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. (KJV)
With ZPG (Zero Population Growth) and abortion, we certainly do not consider children a blessing or a source of happiness anymore. They are a burden upon our goals and just embryonic tissue that we can slash and burn.
Ps 144:15 Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD. (KJV)
We have long since passed the time when this country truly trusted in God and ask Him to bless this country. Indeed, it has been a long time since He has been on our side.
Prov 3:13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. (KJV)
We call good evil and evil good and teach our children that they are hi-tech ape gods. Yes, we no longer consider wisdom and understanding as a path to happiness.
John 13:17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them. (KJV)
Oops, Christian, you soak it in, but do you practice what He teaches you? If you are not, then you are not a happy/blessed Christian and you are probably miserable. If we just practiced what we knew and never learned another thing the Church, the World, and we would be so happy and blessed our faces would split in half from the smiles!
James 5:11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy. (KJV)
Excuse me, endure? You mean like not have my every need met or being pampered by everyone every minute of the day? You mean like suffer some hardship, set back, or illness? Are you crazy saying that enduring trials are blessings or times of happiness? Maybe, but check Job’s whole biography. He was blessed tremendously in the beginning. He endured the muck in the middle and was outrageously blessed in the end. Hey, if that is crazy, then certify me now! I’d like a butternut gray straight jacket, if you don’t mind.
1 Pet 3:14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; (KJV)
Hmm, if you thought the last verse was something you really like this one! Suffering for righteousness sake are you? Don’t worry! Be happy because you are!! Rejoice that you are counted worthy to suffer for Him! (Acts 5:41; 2 Thess 1:5) Remember verse 15 says that if you are suffering because you are a jerk or because of your sin, you t’ain’t gonna be happy in any connotation of the word.
1 Pet 4:14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. (KJV)