Today's encouragement comes from Proverbs 16:20b, where we read these words:
" . . . And whoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he."
Why is the person who trusts in the Lord happy? Because he or she has everything to gain in Jesus, and nothing of value to lose. This soul puts all his stock in Jesus; and he knows that this investment cannot fail. The Christian churchman who truly and savingly trusts in the Lord Jesus loses only his sin; but he gains the entire world God created for him.
Do we *really* want to be happy, (or, are we just pretending we want to be happy)? Most people seek to find their "happiness" in sin and misery. But if we are truly serious about our life's happiness—then we will gladly trust in Christ (for all things).
[Puritan quote of the day: "Christ has taken away the venom and sting of the saints' sufferings: there is no wrath in their cup. Our sufferings Christ can make sweet.” —Thomas Watson, in, "A Body of Divinity"]