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THE ONLY SOURCE OF TRUE HAPPINESS

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

A sermon preached on Wednesday Evening, August 17, 2005
at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles

"Happy is the man that findeth wisdom" (Proverbs 3:13).


All mankind seeks happiness. The great question everyone asks is, "How can I be happy?" But most people never find it. They are continually disappointed. If you have not yet found happiness in the things of this world, you may as well stop trying. Nothing in this world will ever make you truly and lastingly happy. To find real happiness, you must try another way.

I walked the path of pleasure, I toiled for earthly treasure,
But peace beyond all measure, I found in only Jesus.
My sins are all forgiven, The chains of sin are riven,
And all my heart is given, To Jesus, only Jesus.
   ("Jesus, Only Jesus" by Dr. John R. Rice, 1895-1980).

"Happy is the man that findeth wisdom" (Proverbs 3:13).

"Wisdom" is a metaphor for Jesus.

"Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom"
     (I Corinthians 1:30).

Thus, our text is telling us,

"Happy in the man that findeth Christ," who "is made unto us wisdom."

And yet mankind despises and rejects Jesus. The proud and stiff necked sinner looks at Jesus with contempt and rejects Him.

In the text, wisdom means Christ. Happy is the man or woman who finds wisdom. Happy is the man or woman who finds Christ.

Many young people think that Christianity is gloomy and depressing. But being a Christian is not depressing. The opposite is true. It is depressing and gloomy not to be a Christian.

How deeply depressing it is to go on with your sins unpardoned. You are like a prisoner who is sentenced to death. You are like a man on death row at San Quentin, waiting to be executed. At any moment, you may be led away to the gas chamber.

"He that believeth not is condemned already" (John 3:18).

How depressing and miserable to go on like that. At any moment you may be hurried into eternity - lost!

How depressing is the condition of those who find pleasure only in the things of this life. They have no hope of Heaven, and no Saviour to go to. How gloomy and depressing for such a person to live and die with no hope.

On the other hand, think how happy the person is when he is saved. His pleasure lies in his Christianity. Christianity is his amusement. He is pleased with the Bible. He is pleased with the people of God. He is happy in the church. He says in his heart, "I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord" (Psalm 122:1).

The person whose sins are pardoned is truly happy. "Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered" (Psalm 32:1).

"Happy is the man that findeth wisdom" (Proverbs 3:13).

A man who has God for his friend is a happy man, even if the whole world is against him. Even when people reject him, the Christian knows that God is for him. There is a deep, settled happiness in the Christian that the lost world never knows.

We must then conclude that being saved is not depressing or gloomy or sad. The reason that you feel gloomy and sad when you come to these meetings is simply because you are not saved. You may say, "I'm not convicted enough." Well, are you convicted enough to feel bad at these meetings? Then why not come to Christ? You will be happy if you do! This is proved from the experience of everyone who has been under conviction of sin. The bitter distress of those on the Day of Pentecost did not come from being saved, but from the fact that they were still lost! But when they came to Christ, they were instantly made happy! They "gladly" received Christ. Before, they were pricked in their hearts, by conviction of sin, but when they came to Christ by faith, "[they ate] their meat with gladness…praising God" (Acts 2:46-47).

And so it was with the Philippian jailer. He was full of depression and gloom. But when he came to Jesus, he "rejoiced"! (Acts 16:34).

And it was the same when Philip preached in Samaria. When they came to Christ, "there was great joy in that city" (Acts 8:8).

And so it is today. Ask any young person who has come to Christ. Ask any of those young people who are going to be baptized. Ask any of those who have been saved in the last few days. They will all tell you the same thing.

"Happy is the man that findeth wisdom."

"Happy is the man who comes to Christ."

I walked the path of pleasure, I toiled for earthly treasure,
But peace beyond all measure, I found in only Jesus.
My sins are all forgiven, The chains of sin are riven,
And all my heart is given, To Jesus, only Jesus.
   ("Jesus, Only Jesus" by Dr. John R. Rice, 1895-1980).

(END OF SERMON)
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THE OUTLINE OF

THE ONLY SOURCE OF TRUE HAPPINESS

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.


"Happy is the man that findeth wisdom" (Proverbs 3:13).

(I Corinthians 1:30; John 3:18; Psalm 122:1;
Psalm 32:1; Acts 2:46-47; 16:34; 8:8)