One morning while watching a news segment, an author was interviewed to speak about her latest release. I don’t remember the name of the book, but it was about how women’s happiness is progressively declining. She mentioned that research shows many women who are well educated, successful, healthy, and achieving all of their goals are still not happy.
In fact, while going through a list that consisted of: being a mother, achieving a certain income, improving their physical appearance, meeting their future spouse, and even attaining a form of notoriety, it was said that not one of these events contributed to improving their happiness overall.
What is the key to happiness?
When you hear something like that, you have to wonder, what is going on here? Is it because women have such a long list of things that they want to check off that they never feel accomplished and thus unhappy? Perhaps responsibilities that should be a priority but were overlooked in the pursuit of other things keep them from enjoying the success?
The truth is that happiness is an emotion that is temporarily obtained by circumstances. Our circumstances will not always be pleasant. We are going to go experience unpleasant things. We can’t control our surroundings or the people in them. We can’t predetermine what way to travel to avoid the frustration of traffic. We can’t control the economy or our children. For some, it is that lack of control that brings on the unhappiness.
Wisdom and Happiness
Do you want to be “happy”? Then crave wisdom. Solomon wanted wisdom above all the other things the human heart can desire. What is it you want more than anything else? A long life? Riches? Things… and more things? Check your heart. As Solomon teaches, “Happy is the man—or woman—who finds wisdom” (Proverbs 3:13).
What is wisdom of God?
Pray for wisdom. Cry out for it! That’s what Solomon did and tells you to do. He recognized his need for wisdom and discernment… and he asked God for it. He didn’t pray for a good marriage, obedient children, or money to pay the bills. No, he prayed, “Give me wisdom and knowledge” (2 Chronicles 1:10).
It’s not wrong to pray for your marriage, family, and finances. Just be sure you are constantly praying for the one thing that will improve every other thing in your life. “Call out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding” and you will be get wisdom (Proverbs 2:3).
How to Gain Wisdom
Seek wisdom. Proverbs 2 continues: “If you seek wisdom as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will find the knowledge of God” (Proverbs 2:4-5). Solomon tells us where to get wisdom—”The Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding” (verse 6). The wisdom you need is found in the Bible!
Dear Lord, please give me wisdom! I need it to manage this day in a way that pleases You and bears the mark of Your wisdom on it. Amen.
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Do I ask wise people questions and read the wise advice of others through Christian books?
“Do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:17)