How to Have a Long and Happy Life

My son, don’t forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commands; for they will bring you many days, a full life, and well-being. Proverbs 3:1-2

It seems that today everyone is searching for purpose and meaning in life through the pursuit of a fulfilled life or the perfect job that will bring happiness. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that people born between 1957 and 1964 held an average of 11 jobs from ages 18 to 44. On average, men held 11.4 jobs and women held 10.7 jobs. Twenty-five percent held 15 jobs or more, while 12% held four jobs or less. People always seem to be searching for the perfect, though elusive job that will provide success, money, and happiness.

This Proverb reveals that true happiness and fulfillment in life comes from following God’s commands. The promise of a long life, a full life, and prosperity comes when one desires to do what is pleasing to God. This is a reflection of one of the Ten Commandments found in Exodus 20:12. It is again repeated in the New Testament, “Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with a promise, so that it may go well with you and that you may have a long life in the land.” (Ephesians 6:2-3 HCSB)

Challenge: Are you looking for happiness and fulfillment in your life? You will not find it in the things of this world. True happiness can only be found in doing the will of our Heavenly Father. Pray that you will know and do the will of God.

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