HOW CAN I BE HAPPY?
How can a person be happy if he has lost half of his retirement savings in a deceitful world? It only takes a quick look around to see many things to be unhappy about. In fact, it’s downright depressing.
The media only seems able to share the news nobody wants to hear about. How many things happen behind the scenes? Yes, there are things we don’t know anything about, thank the Lord. News about what could happen, what certain groups plan to happen, what still others hope will happen in the world of politics and religion, is more than enough to make happiness a rare commodity in today’s world.
Wake up! I’m not being negative; I’m being realistic. Every byte of news seems bad or worse. They are like tiny weights being added to my fragile existence one at a time. Some day soon, the weight will be too much and I’ll snap beneath it and break into a thousand pieces myself. I live in a deep spiritual valley. Do you ever feel like that?
Then when I think about all those prophecies of doom and gloom that flood the internet and the History Channel, my last ray of hope fades with the setting of the sun. Talk radio keeps me informed on a daily basis of how bad it really is. How can a person be happy at a time like this?
If you want to be spiritually happy, here’s a way to do it.
“Blessed (spiritually happy) is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” Revelation 1:3
Though these words appear in Revelation, I have no doubt spiritual happiness comes to those who read any of God’s Word. Still, this is the only book in the Bible that I know of that carries the guarantee of spiritual happiness for its readers. Keep in mind, though, that it takes more than reading to get this blessing. Let’s take a closer look.
Blessed is he that readeth…
No doubt, the Revelation is not the easiest book of the Bible to read or understand. There are many people who don’t like reading anything. On the other hand, there are those who enjoy reading everything but the Bible.
Some expert say this book should be read with a broad view in mind, rather than a close examination of each word and verse. While some disagree with this notion, God still tells us to read the book. It only takes a fast reader about 20 minutes to read Revelation. Repeated readings promise a blessing.
Reading the Revelation or any other book of the Bible makes it possible for Christians to recognize the truth. Glancing through a newspaper or magazine has its benefits if you want to know what is happening in the world in general. God’s Word, however, does not contain a nugget of truth here and there. It is all truth as the inspired Word of God.
The literature of the world tends to confuse and depress. There are things scheduled in God’s timetable that are very disturbing and we don’t even want to see the fringe of these things happening. Blessings that come from reading are closely linked to what you read about. Rather than getting depressed, we can read with hope that if we are already seeing some of these things coming to pass the return of the Lord must be any second now. Don’t focus on the things that might happen to you. Understand that if we are on the fringe of the Lord’s return (and I’m certain we are) certain things will happen. Many Christians think only about the horrible things that might happen here on earth but God promises a blessing for those who read Revelation.
This was an urgent matter because the time of Christ’s return was at hand two thousand years ago. How much closer it must be today!
Blessed is he that hears the words….
Faith still comes by hearing the Word of God as it is spoken or read. This is more than just hearing with the physical ear. Strongly implied is the notion of grasping the meaning or the message. Perception is involved.
Christ also exhorts the churches to hear what God’s Spirit says to them. How many have ears to hear but do not listen?
A large part of perceiving what Revelation says involves seeing this book for its major emphasis. I’m not talking about the prophetic aspect, though that is a very real part of Revelation. This book is an unveiling of Christ that reveals part of His character not seen or understood before.
I don’t know about you, but I get a lot more excited hearing about God’s plans than I do hearing the nightly news! As a lover of prophecy, I get even more excited when I hear a good message about future events. What do you think?
Blessed is he that keeps those things…
Keep your eyes open! Pay attention! These truths are much more than just sayings or words. They are truths we can live by. To me, this also suggests paying more attention to what Revelation says than what the History Channel, Nostradamus, Edgar Cayce, or any modern day prophet claims. While we don’t know the exact details about how things will happen, we do know what will happen. The timetable on a minute to minute basis lies beyond our knowledge, but we do know the order of events.
The way to happiness for the Christian is to keep those things written in the book.
How can a person by happy? The answer, according to Revelation, is to read and hear and keep. All three are necessary. Look up, my brother, for your redemption draweth nigh. That should make us happy or blessed.
It has been my joy to teach the book of Revelation for the last several months. Verse by verse, I've done all I can to make the information relevant for today. The process has taught me more than I have been able to teach others though. It has also caused me to temporarily suspend my work on this website.
With only a few lessons left in the series, I am now looking forward to sharing some of the things I have learned. Therefore, it's my intention to write out the material I have discussed and put it on this website. If prophecy interests you, get ready to learn more. I'm sure you'll find as I have that prophecy includes a lot more than prophecy.