The Secret of a Happy Life – Fear God and Shun Evil

Each of us hopes to live a happy and meaningful life. Thus many people are seeking the secret of happiness, so do I. I was deeply enlightened when reading Job’s experience recorded in the Bible: When he faced the serious disasters and lost all of his property and even his sons and daughters, because of his knowledge and faith in God, he said, “Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD” (Job 1:21). He never complained against God, and his attitude of fearing God and shunning evil gained God’s approval, just as God says, “And what was Job’s attitude toward God? It was, as previously referred to, “blessed be the name of the LORD.” His blessing of God’s name was unconditional, unqualified, and without reason. We see that Job had given his heart to God, allowing it to be controlled by God; all that he thought, all that he decided, and all that he planned in his heart was laid open to God and not closed off from God. His heart did not stand in opposition to God, and he had never asked God to do anything for him or give him anything, and he did not harbor extravagant desires that he would gain anything from his worship of God. Job did not talk of trades with God, and made no requests or demands of God. His praising of God’s name was because of the great power and authority of God in ruling all things, and was not dependent on whether he gained blessings or was struck by disaster. He believed that regardless of whether God blesses people or brings disaster upon them, God’s power and authority will not change, and thus, regardless of a person’s circumstances, God’s name should be praised. That man is blessed by God is because of God’s sovereignty, and when disaster befalls man, so, too, is it because of God’s sovereignty. God’s power and authority rule over and arrange everything of man; the vagaries of man’s fortune are the manifestation of God’s power and authority, and regardless of one’s viewpoint, God’s name should be praised. This is what Job experienced and came to know during the years of his life. All of Job’s thoughts and actions reached the ears of God, and arrived before God, and were seen as important by God. God cherished this knowledge of Job, and treasured Job for having such a heart. This heart awaited God’s command always, and in all places, and no matter what the time or place it welcomed whatever befell him. Job made no demands of God. What he demanded of himself was to wait for, accept, face, and obey all of the arrangements that came from God; Job believed this to be his duty, and it was precisely what was wanted by God.

Since Job had such knowledge, no matter if he suffered from disasters or gained God’s blessings, he had no personal requests but submitted to God’s arrangement. Thus, in all his life, Job was happy by obeying the orchestrations and arrangements of God. He lived freely within God’s light, and Satan’s unbridled harm couldn’t hinder his love and faith in God. Each of us Christians should follow this kind of mentality of Job. If we readily accept everything from God like Job and seek His will, we will not be worried about personal gains or losses whether receiving blessings or suffering misfortune. Instead, we get more knowledge of God and will not accept the deceptions and interference of Satan, and at the same time, we have true faith in God and obtain real freedom and liberation in our hearts.

Thank God for leading us to understand the secret of gaining a happy life, which we should learn in our life. All the glory be to God!

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